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Local students donate books to classmate

Third-graders give special Christmas gift to Sylmar Fire victim

Posted: January 12, 2009 8:14 p.m.
Updated: January 13, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian School third-graders Nathan Stabe, far left, Ben Wyllie, Daryll Michaelis and Julia Philipps give a box of books to classmate Josiah Jimenez, far right.

Students at Santa Clarita Christian School made Christmas special for classmate Josiah Jimenez who lost his home in the recent Sylmar Fire.

Sara Wallace's third-grade class donated books and made Christmas ornaments for Jimenez to replace the ones that burned.

"We gave him books that we don't use any more," said third-grader Ben Wyllie. "‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,' ‘Robin Hood,' ‘Bionicals' ... I knew that his house burned down and I felt really bad for him and I wanted to give him some stuff."

Third-grader Nathan Stabe said he also gave Jimenez a book out of his collection.

"I gave him a book called ‘One Wintery Night,'" he said.

The students participated in a craft project and created ornaments for Jimenez's family.

"We made candy canes and Christmas trees out of foam," Wyllie said. "We put ‘Merry Christmas' on the tag for the candy canes and we put puff balls on the Christmas trees to make the ornaments."

Third-grader Julia Philipps wanted Jimenez to know his friends care about him.

"We're just supporting him, being without all his toys and stuff," she said. "He's a good friend of ours and we all love him."

Jimenez said his friends really made him feel special.

"They made me decorations for my new tree and gave me lots of books," he said. "I feel really happy about it because they're being kind to me."

The school also collected donations for Jimenez's family to make the holidays easier.

"We created a fire relief fund so people could give to them," Principal Derek Swales said. "We allowed people to give gift cards to them and thousands of dollars came in which helped lighten the load they carried for Christmas. There was an endless amount of small gift items that people gave. It's all about people helping out people."


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