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Hart’s Hill Elementary School Partners with School in Clifton Springs to Send Trees to Troops

Leading up to the holiday season, students from Hart’s Hill Elementary School partnered with students from Midlakes Primary School in Clifton Springs, New York to send trees to our troops. The trees were then turned into Christmas trees.

Amy Maslyn, a teacher at Midlakes Primary School, contacted Mrs. Putnam, principal at Hart’s Hill Elementary School, with the idea. Both schools then worked together to send 21 trees to servicemen and women stationed overseas. The trees were from Darling’s Tree Farm in Clifton Springs.  Troops with Christmas tree

“We learned so much from this project,” said Mrs. Putnam. “Working cooperatively to reach a goal, helping those who give so much of themselves to help us and giving rather than receiving - - that’s the true meaning of the holiday spirit.” 

As part of the project, and before the trees could be sent overseas, students from both schools had to raise $100 for each tree sent. Students from Hart’s Hill Elementary School had a “Holiday Hat Day” on December 9 to raise money and the Hart’s Hill Elementary School PTO generously donated $300. By working together, both schools raised $2,100 - - enough to send the 21 trees overseas.

The parents of three Hart’s Hill Elementary School students were two of the service members to receive trees. Major Hiren Patel, father of Rhea and Sean Patel, and LS3 Anthoni Reyes, father of Emilia Reyes, each received a tree.

Students from both schools also wrote letters to the service members and collected non-perishable food items.

Pictured is Major Hiren Patel (second from left), father of Rhea and Sean Patel, with members of his unit and their Christmas tree.