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Students join make-a-wreath contest because they care

December 14, 2015 | Filed in Archive
wreathCircles of Care project provides wreaths to area hospitals, nursing homes and shelters

UPDATE: DEC. 14, 2015 – Students from HFM BOCES’ Adirondack Academy and PTECH won all three top prizes for their wreath designs in the Times Union’s Circles of Caring Project. Teacher Wendy Sacco’s Life Skills class at Jansen Avenue won 3rd place in the group division.

Hannah Warn (Adirondack Academy) won first place in the teen division followed by Linda Wenskoski (PTECH) and Aislynn Ward (PTECH).

DEC. 2, 2015 – Adirondack Academy and PTECH teacher Heather Haas had an idea for her classrooms. Her students could express their creativity making holiday wreaths, possibly win a prize, and help spread holiday cheer throughout the Capital Region.

The connection was the Times Union’s Circles of Caring project. That initiative begins with a wreath-making contest and ends with all the creations being distributed to nursing homes, homeless shelters, hospitals and places where the residents might enjoy a fresh breath of the holidays.

According to Haas, the students were limited only by their own creativity, designing and constructing wreaths from traditional pine boughs to origami flowers and re-purposed “found” objects like muffin tins, clothes pins and dvds. (One wreath is made entirely from cut up toilet paper rolls.)

Haas said the ADK students spent several weeks working on their creative wreaths.

Individual winners in the Times Union contest get a $50 gift certificate from a sponsoring business. Classroom or group winners get 30 free caramel apples courtesy of Cold Stone Creamery/Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany.

The Times Union will feature the contest winners in its print edition and on timesunion.com on Dec. 13.

PTECH English Language Arts teacher Anna Goderie, from the local Goderie’s Tree Farm family, helped secure a work table and a master wreath maker to teach the kids the finer points of constructing a traditional evergreen wreath.

Even before the judging, the students are already winners. All of their hard work will hang on a wall somewhere, making someone’s holidays a little brighter.

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