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Pajama Days Shared At Rose Creek Elementary

Dec 05, 2014 10:29AM ● By Sherry Smith
It seems like such a little thing: a new pair of pajamas for Christmas. Many of us get them without a second thought, but there are families in our area for which it is just a dream.

When the sixth graders at Rose Creek Elementary discussed holiday traditions, the subject of pajamas came up.

“For many families in Utah, there’s a tradition of getting a new pair of pajamas for Christmas. It’s kind of unique. About 85 percent of my class gets them. We had a class discussion, and the students felt that this was a tradition that would be great to share,” sixth-grade teacher Terri Cavender said.

So, the students decided to hold a pajama drive to collect for families in need and didn’t have far to look for recipients. Title One families serviced by the Jordan School District will receive the donations.

Title One schools have been identified by the federal government as having a high percentage of the student body requiring financial assistance with things such as free and reduced lunches and additional academic supports to meet academic challenges.

“Every year, we are looking for community donations to gather basic items of need including comfort and hygiene.  This year we are helping 200 families and an estimated 600 children,” Jordan District Parent Liaison Evelyn Sadler said.

For these families, food and utilities come before any comfort items such as new pajamas.

Rose Creek sixth graders will collect pajamas from Dec. 1 through Dec. 19. The community is welcome to contribute new pajamas in elementary school child sizes for both boys and girls. Donations will be collected at the Rose Creek Elementary office.

“I welcome the beautiful gesture that these students at Rose Creek Elementary are doing for other students in their own district,” Sadler said.