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Northwoods students give back to area seniorsSubmitted: 12/01/2014
Story By Lauren Stephenson

Northwoods students give back to area seniors
EAGLE RIVER - Northwoods students may have returned to school from Thanksgiving break on Monday, but they didn't leave their giving spirit at home.

Some Eagle River Elementary fifth graders spent the morning making care packages for local seniors.

Students filled bags with cookies, blank holiday cards, and stamped envelopes.

"We did this because some senior citizens can't go out to the store and get envelopes and stamps to send to their grandchildren or any other family members so we got some for them," said fifth grader Drew Schuota.

"It's very nice for the older people who receive these gifts and a lot of thought is put into it. And us kids enjoy doing it," fifth grader Grace Florence added.

Fifth grade teacher Kari Ziegler's neighbor came up with the idea.

Ziegler feels it's an important lesson to teach her students.

"We can teach kids math. We can teach them reading but let's teach them empathy and what it feels like this time of year. We all have older people in our lives and we should remember them," Ziegler said.

Residents at Milestone Senior Living in Eagle River will get the packages this week.

That way, they'll have time to send out some holiday cards in time for Christmas.

Learn more by watching the video above.

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