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  • Help for a happy birthday

  • Birthdays are the one day a year that a person is supposed to be showered with attention. Birthday cakes and gifts are just icing on the cake for that special person. Some families can't to afford a birthday party, cake or presents which means they may not get to have a birthday celebration, making the day go unnoticed. One fourth grade class in the Camdenton R-III School District is aiming to change that with Operation B-Day.
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      The class is asking the community to help. Donations of cake mix, frosting, sprinkles, birthday candles and birthday gift bags will be accepted at Hawthorn Elementary School through Dec...
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      The class is asking the community to help. Donations of cake mix, frosting, sprinkles, birthday candles and birthday gift bags will be accepted at Hawthorn Elementary School through Dec. 13.
  • Birthdays are the one day a year that a person is supposed to be showered with attention. Birthday cakes and gifts are just icing on the cake for that special person. Some families can't to afford a birthday party, cake or presents which means they may not get to have a birthday celebration, making the day go unnoticed. One fourth grade class in the Camdenton R-III School District is aiming to change that with Operation B-Day.
    "The reason I wanted to start this was because we had a Halloween party and there wasn't anything really productive going on during it," Hawthorn Elementary School teacher Melanie Strunk said. "We can still have all of that fun stuff but also do something productive during that time. So we brainstormed ideas and came up with this."
    The class is collecting birthday supplies to be given to the Helping Hands Homeless Shelter. During the class Christmas party scheduled for Dec. 20, Strunk and her students plan to celebrate the holidays while packing birthday bags.
    "We are doing this because usually they give presents on Christmas to the orphanage or give food on Thanksgiving but no one really does anything for birthdays so we are just collecting cake mix, frosting, candles and putting that all in a birthday bag," student McKenna Demark said.
    The students are overjoyed with the opportunity to help others in need.
    "I think it means to let families and people to have birthdays that have never had them before and let them experience what it feels like to actually celebrate them being alive," student Dayna Tabaka said.
    Many see this as an opportunity to give families something they can not get themselves.
    "We are giving the unfortunate a day to remember so they can have something to actually celebrate," student Isaiah Miller said.
    "I like that we are doing this project because for the less fortunate families," student Savannah Case added. "They probably don't have the materials so they can't make a birthday cake so we are trying to prevent them from not having birthdays."
    In a season usually centered around what children want for Christmas, these students are learning a more important lesson — one about giving.
    "Helping other people is giving without getting something back. Giving is more important than getting," student Ben Poest said. "It makes me feel happy."
    Jayder Chwertz, a fellow fourth-grader agrees with Poest, "When you help someone it makes you feel good inside because you are giving and you make someone feel very good about themselves."
    The class is asking the community to help. Donations of cake mix, frosting, sprinkles, birthday candles and birthday gift bags will be accepted at Hawthorn Elementary School through Dec. 13.
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