Students' toy filled wagons

HOLLAND, Pa. - December 18, 2008 They've been hard at work making sure some kids in need will have a special Christmas morning.

Students in the wood technology program at Council Rock South high school had a special project for the first half of the school year.

Wagons, each filled with a set of blocks, were donated to the Marines' Toys for Tots program today.

Thomas Chieffo, who teaches wood technology, has had his students build toys for tots for the past six years.

"The kids get a chance to build something they actually have ownership to and watch it go to a charity for other kids," Chieffo said.

The wood technology and graphics students came together and built 40 wagons.

The rest of the high school got involved by raising money.

They raised $1,500, through school-wide competitions and bake sales.

"I saw a lot of kids throw ten, fifteen, twenty dollars out there because they wanted to be the highest donator," senior Michael Tomeo said.

Marines from Willow Grove dropped in today a CH-53 super stallion helicopter. Council Rock South students got a tour of the chopper as a thank you for their generosity.

"Toys are down this year so an event like this is fantastic," Major Dave Stockman, director of safety, of the U.S. Marines said.

"It really makes an impact on us because even the kids in the school can hear the helicopter, they know it's coming today, and they know they donated money to help out," senior Catherine Edwards said.

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