Staff and students in the Grosse Pointes collected toys, clothing and more for those in need. The University Liggett School girls’ varsity basketball team, for instance, adopted a family for Christmas.

Staff and students in the Grosse Pointes collected toys, clothing and more for those in need. The University Liggett School girls’ varsity basketball team, for instance, adopted a family for Christmas.

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Grosse Pointe students, schools deliver season’s greetings

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published December 21, 2018

GROSSE POINTES — From collecting clothing to fulfilling wish lists, students and staff  in the Grosse Pointes pulled out their inner Santas to provide a Merry Christmas for others who otherwise would have gone without.


University Liggett School
The Middle School ran its signature “Gobblepalooza” collecting toiletries, clothing, blankets, winter coats and more for Crossroads, a Detroit-based social service agency that provides emergency assistance, advocacy and counseling to those in need. Middle School families also donated cash to purchase $350 in Kroger gift cards.

According to Communications Manager Rebecca Wall, the first- and fifth-graders collected pet supplies for the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, while the Lower School donated dog and cat food, blankets, bleach and paper towels.

The Lower School and preschool donated clothing, holiday presents, diapers, toys, baby wipes and gift cards to Catholic Charities of Southeastern Michigan, which provides an array of items to families with young children.

The Upper School Student Commission collected items to help Toys for Tots. Liggett’s Middle School and Lower School held a day of service by sorting books from their recent book drive, and making fleece blankets for the Detroit Dog Rescue and for Fleece and Thank You. The students also made cards and recorded audio and video books for children in a local hospital. The girls’ varsity basketball team adopted a family with eight children by providing new clothes and toys.  


Grosse Pointe Public School System
Richard Elementary participated in “Snowpile 2018” by providing patients at Children’s Hospital of Michigan with gifts. In an email, Richard Principal John Kernan said the school collected more than 1,000 gifts and $500 to donate to the program.

Over at Pierce Middle School, students made fleece blankets in advisory class and holiday cards for local veterans.

Students at Grosse Pointe South and Grosse Pointe North high schools carried on with a tradition that began 40 years ago by adopting approximately 50 district families and providing them with food, gifts and grocery gift cards. Both schools held “Holiday Week” with various activities.

South sponsored a sock collection for Courageous Soles, and students created cards for five GPPSS elementary students facing challenges this Christmas. At North, different groups of North musicians performed each morning as the students arrived at school.

The Monteith Elementary School community collected more than 100 gently used books for Harms Elementary School in Detroit; made wreaths for The Helm; donated socks to homeless shelters; collected pajamas; made cards and wrapped a new book for each child in the second grade at Wayne Elementary School in Detroit; and collected crayons, Play-Doh, games and supplies for students in local hospitals who might not be home for Christmas.

Students at Detroit’s Nichols Elementary-Middle School received hats, gloves and mittens courtesy of the Brownell Middle School National Junior Honor Society. The Brownell community also came to the aid of a cafeteria employee — with clothing and money — whose family recently lost their home in a fire.

The Trombly Elementary third-grade Girl Scouts used $300 from their cookie sale profits to purchase items for a needy family within the Grosse Pointe community. Several classes wrote letters to Santa as part of Macy’s Believe campaign; for every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish-Foundation. The school’s Be Kind Club worked with Ascension St. John Hospital to create gift bags that included a stuffed animal and a handwritten card inside.