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Renwood Elementary School Creates Stockings For Seniors

December 16, 2020


Renwood Elementary School staff spread holiday cheer this winter with the 1st Annual Stuffed Stocking Decorating Contest!

Every staff member was invited to participate in this project with all stockings given to residents at local nursing homes and care facilities. To make it fun and a little competitive, the staff voted on their favorite stocking and the top two vote-getters received gift cards. 

Several colorful stockings adorned with bows, glitter, inspiring messages, and other holiday scenes were generously donated. Each one was filled to the brim with treats and necessities for the senior citizens of the community. 

Terry Caskey, a second-grade teacher at the school, came up with the idea as a way to unite the staff in the building as well as give back to the community.

“I am missing my colleagues, so I called my principal and asked if there was anything we could do,” she explained. “I know we can’t get together, we can’t have a holiday party, and we normally have a door decorating contest, but there is no one at the building. So, we thought of a stocking decorating contest, and then I found an idea to one-up this and fill the stocking with things to donate to a local nursing home.”

After doing some research, Caskey contacted Sue Taylor, the activities coordinator at   Pleasantview Care Facility, who said this would be a wonderful surprise for the residents.

Snacks, candies, word searches, playing cards, stuffed animals, personal hygiene items, adult coloring books and fuzzy socks were just some of the little gifts seniors will be receiving this holiday season.

Donations will also be split among three facilities in Parma – Pleasantview Care Facility, Pleasant Lake Villa and Broadview Multi-care.

This isn’t the first time the Renwood family has selflessly given to the community. In past years, the school would have a giving tree to donate hats, gloves and socks to those in need.

“I really wanted a way for us to connect to our community and pay it forward,” Caskey shared. “We know that this is a really difficult time for everyone, so this is our way of reaching out. I just like to hear stories about people giving back, and I try to spread that message to my students, too.”