‘It’s showing goodwill and generosity’

Birchwood ABC students hold clothing drive


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Students at Willow Creek Elementary will be a little warmer this holiday season — and they have the Birchwood ABC student council to thank.

Birchwood recently held a clothing drive and donated coats, gloves, hats, scarves and snow pants to Willow Creek on Friday, Nov. 30.

The clothing drive is reflective of principal Tim Godfrey’s focus on character building.

“I think that’s very important,” he said. “We’re trying to focus on the nature of generosity and giving.”

In his third year as Birchwood’s top administrator, Godfrey said the school holds at least one fundraiser a year.

“We always try to do our part to give back to the community,” he said.

Birchwood ABC shares his passion, Godfrey said.

“The school in itself really does a great job rallying around that,” he said. “Our people here have warm hearts and big hearts.”

Godfrey credited the student council for its hard work on the clothing drive. As a reward, students were given a tour of Willow Creek, then Godfrey treated them to lunch at McDonald’s.

Godfrey said he chose Willow Creek because he knows principal Kristina Peterson well, and the school has a large population of lower-income students in need of winter clothes.

Given the recent cold temperatures, the timing of the clothing drive couldn’t have been better, Godfrey said.

“It’s definitely a time of year when kids are going to need that stuff,” he said.

Birchwood’s kindness didn’t end with the clothing drive. Four students traveled to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, Dec. 4 for a “cookie caper,” where they delivered treats to military members who are living alone.

A proponent of school-wide charity drives, Godfrey said the annual fundraisers teach Birchwood ABC students a valuable lesson.

“It’s showing goodwill and generosity,” he said.

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