District 191 students demonstrate holiday spirit of giving

Students at schools within Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 are involved in projects to benefit families in need during this holiday season.

For example, the student council at Sky Oaks Elementary raised nearly $1,600 to benefit three families through the Armful of Love program. Using the donated funds, students shopped for gifts and wrapped them. Gift cards will also be donated to 360 Communities for families in need.

At Rahn Elementary School, student council members gathered donations for Toys for Tots. They appeared on the 5 p.m. news broadcast on Dec. 10 on KARE-11 at the project’s collection site.

At Harriet Bishop Elementary, the student council is having a winter coat/clothing drive until Dec. 21. Also at Harriet Bishop, Project KIDS School Age Care students and staff recently completed their annual food drive and collected 75 bags of groceries for BrainPower in a BackPack, a student-led service program that supplies weekend food for children in need.

At Vista View Elementary, student council members collected coats, snow pants, mittens and gloves during November to keep families warm. Currently, the student council is sponsoring a food drive for the local food shelf.

Hidden Valley Elementary is collecting coins for Toys for Tots.

At Metcalf Junior High, student council and Junior Fest members are collecting items for the local food shelf. As an incentive, the first-hour class that collects the most food items will win a breakfast cooked by Associate Principal Bill Heim and Guidance Counselor John Soderholm.

At Nicollet Junior High, the student council is leading a food drive for the local food shelf.

At Eagle Ridge Junior High, student council members are teaming with the Savage Police Department to collect donations for Toys for Tots.

The Sioux Trail student council conducted a food and shoe drive right before Thanksgiving.