B.B. Comer students focus on giving during Christmas
by Emily Adams
SYLACAUGA — Students at B.B. Comer Memorial High School are using the Christmas holidays to learn important lessons about building relationships and giving back.

Seventh- and eighth-grade classes are working on two community service projects called “Tiny Tim’s Kitchen” and “Anne’s Toy Chest.” The efforts are part of a shift toward project-based learning in the Talladega County School System, language arts teacher Emeka Barclay said.

“The job with these projects is for kids to interact with people and get a better understanding of what community is,” Barclay said. “We want to get them thinking outside of just B.B. Comer and make their education more global.”

For their projects, students will be reading literature that focuses on the benevolent nature of mankind. Eighth-grade will read “A Christmas Carol” and will collect canned food donations for the Care House with its “Tiny Tim’s Kitchen” project, while seventh-grade will read “Anne of Green Gables” and will focus on collecting toys for SAFE through “Anne’s Toy Chest.”

Barclay said the Care House and SAFE are outstanding service programs in Sylacauga and supporting them through these projects is meant to “provide students with life-long learning skills that will foster responsible and caring individuals.”

The school has a goal of collecting about 800-900 canned goods and 200-300 toys.

Students are hoping to gather donations from the community by personally contacting different businesses, organizations and community leaders.

“This is our first year doing this, and the students are a little shy, but this is something we’re hoping to build on in the future,” she said.

The projects will culminate with two events, the first being Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. with a showcase presentation called “The Season of Giving” at the concert band’s Christmas concert. Guests are encouraged to bring canned goods or toys as admission to the concert.

Donations will then be presented to SAFE and the Care House on Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, contact B.B. Comer at 256-315-5400.

Contact Emily Adams at eadams@dailyhome.com.

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