Prairie Grove and Farmington EAST Collaborate for a Cause


Prairie Grove and Farmington EAST Collaborate for a Cause
8/14/2013 4:43:55 PM

Stuff the Sleigh project nets toys for deserving children.

In early November, Stuff the Sleigh project leader Dylan S. organized his team and contacted the Farmington EAST program about partnering in the third annual Stuff the Sleigh competition between the two programs. Clint Scrivner, Facilitator for the Farmington Cardinals eagerly agreed and the two schools collaborated and fine-tuned the project details, from the start and ending dates to the design of the flyers that both schools would put up around their respected townships. 

All of the toys collected by the two EAST programs are to be donated to K-12 students in each city with the hopes that these toys will bring joy to hundreds of children this Christmas season.

On the line was the traveling “Stuff the Sleigh” trophy, won by Farmington HS EAST in last year’s competition and presented by PGMS EAST students to the Cardinal program at last year’s Conference.  “The real winners will be the students in each of our districts that receive the collected toys,” PGMS EAST student Camden P. said. ”But we want to win the trophy back, along with bragging rights for the year.”

With the project coming to an end on Friday, December 10, Farmington HS EAST had collected 50+ toys for students in their district, while Prairie Grove Middle School EAST had collected 250+ for the deserving children in their district.

“What set us apart this year,” project member Cole M. said, “was that we partnered with the Dollar General in our town. They agreed to put up our flyers to announce our project and as a result, shoppers purchased toys and placed them in our drop box at the store.  Once a week, we picked up the items donated by citizens and added them to the growing collection in our classroom.”

“Another thing that our EAST program did differently this year was that we implemented a technology component to our project, which we had not done in the past.  We created an EAST Facebook page and advertised our Stuff the Sleigh Project to all of our family and friends; we also put our flyer on the front section of our school district home page so parents, grandparents, students, teachers, and guardians could read about our project while they were on the site,” first-year EAST student and project leader Dylan S. stated. 

Partnering with a community business and adding the technology aspect to our project really put us over the top this year. Winning the traveling trophy back from Farmington is great…. but helping out so many children and families in two different communities is the best Christmas present of all.




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