From back left, Rachel Brennan, Caroline Tran and Eliza Stutz making holiday cookies to hand out at My Brother’s Table.
By BRIDGET TURCOTTE
LYNN — North Shore Christian School’s Branching Out program is a yearlong effort to give back to others, including My Brother’s Table guests.
For the Christmas project, kindergarteners and eighth graders got together to make and decorate holiday cookies. The students then took a field trip to My Brother’s Table on Willow Street on Thursday to hand the cookies out.
The Branching Out program gets students involved with doing different activities and service projects each week, said Director of Admissions Priscilla Miro.
“An older class and a younger class team up together to do a special project,” Miro said
The students also sang Christmas carols to all of the patrons at My Brother’s Table, Miro said.
Eighth grade teacher Jill Stutz, who chaperoned the trip, said the experience was positive for the students who attended.
“We were blessed by the kindness of the staff and by the warm reception we received from the guests,” Stutz said. “As we were leaving one 8th grader said, ‘That was so fun. We can we come back again?”
“For children, Christmas is often a time where we focus on our own wants and desires,” she said. “The students were challenged to take their eyes off themselves and to focus on others.”
“This time was a wonderful opportunity for the students to spread Christmas cheer and to put others first,” she said. “Often times, kids feel like they are too young to make a difference. This trip showed the students that all of us are capable of serving others and of sharing the love of Jesus.”
Bridget Turcotte can be reached at [email protected]