FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) - Excitement in Fond du Lac as seventh graders from Sabish Middle School learn their Elf Project, providing christmas gifts to local kindergarteners, just won$10,000 in a national contest. The students needed community votes to win. Today's announcement came at the perfect time as kids were preparing to head out and deliver the gifts to schools in the district.
In the Christmas spirit with gifts in hand, dozens of seventh graders from Sabish Middle School boarded Santa's sleigh as part of their Elf Project. First stop on their nice list: Riverside Elementary, where kindergarteners received gifts the students fundraised and shopped for themselves.
"We've worked for weeks and weeks putting this all together and making plans for it to go right and making sure everyone got what they wanted and matched it up," says Gina Rieder, a teacher at Sabish and the originator of the Elf Project.
One-by-one, with classmates looking on, students opened things like Lego sets and Barbie dolls. One little boy even got a bike. The giving spirit definitely in full effect.
Anisty Meyer is a seventh grader who helped to deliver gifts today. She says, "It's just a really happy feeling to see other people smile, other little kids that were like us and it's just really exciting to see how their expressions go from down to happy."
And with an additional $10,000 now in the bank for the Elf Project, thanks to that #MyGivingStory contest win, seventh graders will continue to spread the holiday cheer for years to come and perhaps beyond.
Gina Rieder adds, "That would be really cool, if the Elf Project became like a national thing or other schools get to the benefit of the feelings that my students get."