Tying It All Together in Mahanoy

Despite the cold, the SHINE students brought a warm smile to the recipients. As a thank you for their kindness, the students each received a small gift.

SHINE teachers remarked that the project was a very positive experience all around. "Everyone involved really got into the holiday spirit. "Some students didn't understand why they were given gifts when they delivered. We used it to teach a great lesson in saying "Thank You" when someone does something nice for you," said SHINE teacher, Mrs. Kufro.

SHINE teaches the importance of giving back to the community throughout the whole year. But each year, just before the winter break, SHINE Centers work on one project they can "gift" to local organizations.

This year, the students at the Mahanoy Area Center decided to donate their blankets to local individuals, rather than an organization. The students decided it would be a nice treat to visit people during the holiday season, offer their gift and sing holiday carols for them. The students selected three individuals: the husband of a former Mahanoy Area teacher, the grandmother of a former SHINE teacher and a local student who has suffered a paralyzing spinal injury.

"We were overwhelmed by the beautiful blanket and drawings the students made for us. Their generosity made us cry."

-Mr. and Mrs. Titus
Recipients of Mahanoy Area SHINE gift

"SHINE really spreads a lot of happiness to anyone they come into contact with ... Thank you for the very pretty  blanket."

-Mrs. Louise Casserly
Recipient of Mahanoy Area SHINE gift

"It was an awesome experience!"

-Anthony T.
Mahanoy Area SHINE Student
4th Grade

Students at the Mahanoy SHINE Center made fleece blankets for area residents in need of a little holiday cheer

SHINE Spotlight
Read about the experience students at our Weatherly Center had with their winter project here.