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PTA Brings Gift-Shopping To Keeney Students

Manchester schools are blessed with some terrific PTAs, and students throughout town are the beneficiaries. PTAs schedule movie nights and talent shows and running events and so much more.

An upcoming issue of”Better Manchester Magazine” will look at the impact that PTAs and various other groups have on helping to support and educate the youth of Manchester. The theme of the issue will be “It Takes a Village” because, when you break it down, you realize that children actually spend just a relatively small fraction of their lives interacting with teachers and other professional educators.

One example of the great work done by PTAs was evident at Keeney Elementary School on Friday, Dec. 11, when students had a chance to do ‘holiday shopping’ in the gymnasium thanks to more than 20 volunteers.

“It’s a really special day,” said Michelle DiPietro, who helped organize the event along with fellow PTA member Karen Carlson.

DiPietro said Keeney has been holding its holiday shopping event for about six years, and she credited pst board members for starting the tradition.

It’s a pretty simple concept. The PTA buys lots of products -- puzzles, sticker packs, LED candles, car wash sponges, stuff like that -- and students are welcome to buy two gifts each for their parents, siblings, teachers or someone else who is special. (Everything costs $2 but students without money are not turned away.)

Volunteers that include moms, dads, grandparents and more help with the wrapping.

Keeney is not the only school to run such an event. although some schools bring in vendors to help out.

“It’s a great community event,” DiPietro said.

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