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Is it Better to Give or Receive?

Is it Better to Give or to Receive?



At North Star Elementary School, we feel strongly about both!


“I don’t need any more funds to support my classroom initiatives,” said NO teacher ever! That’s why teachers like to take advantage of every grant opportunity, fundraiser, retail store discount, and occasionally, the free bowl of soup!! Recently North Star staff and students have received an abundance of funds, including $500 from the Delaware Retired School Personnel Association Partners in Education Grant to support a Makerspace, $800 through Donors Chooseto support a “Readers are Leaders” program in a first grade classroom, and $500 from the Patterson Partnership Classroom Library Grantto enlarge a third grade classroom library. This last grant stems from a partnership between author James Patterson and Scholastic. In this fourth year of Patterson’s school library campaign, he will donate two million dollars personally to support classroom libraries. Our hope is that this article will inspire others to apply for and “receive” grants that they in turn will “give” to their students. Furthermore, perhaps others will be inspired to share their own successful grant stories so that colleagues might benefit from these grant opportunities as well. Many times information about upcoming grant opportunities arrive via email, either from various organizations or directly from our District Office, so educators should always be on the lookout for these as well.


North Star doesn’t stop at receiving, though! Giving of ourselves is an integral part of our North Star community, whether this means sharing gifts of time, knowledge, money, or materials. It may even mean helping a friend or sharing a smile. This fall North Star Elementary staff, students, and families have collected food for a Thanksgiving food drive, school supplies for a school in Puerto Rico still feeling the effects of the hurricane, toys for the Ronald McDonald House, and a variety of clothing (socks, t-shirts, hats, coats, and gloves) for those in need. Our candy drive involved writing cards and notes to patients fighting cancer along with a bit of candy. We have received numerous cards and letters from patients sharing how that small but heartfelt gesture made their day. Our annual Families Helping Families Drive supports our very own North Star families that need a helping hand during the holiday season.


North Star Elementary School’s mission is simple: North Star is a caring community that helps children grow. We know that we are just one of the many schools, teachers, and families in the Red Clay Consolidated School District that helps children grow by taking the time to help others. And we are proud to be a part of the larger caring community!