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Brandywine’s Chris Ludwig puts a Superman-themed belt on Davion Whiting, 6, during a Christmas party Monday at Brandywine High School. Leader photo/CRAIG HAUPERT
Brandywine’s Chris Ludwig puts a Superman-themed belt on Davion Whiting, 6, during a Christmas party Monday at Brandywine High School. Leader photo/CRAIG HAUPERT

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Brandywine brings Christmas to elementary school kids

Published 9:17am Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Abigail Regenos molded a small piece of blue Play-Doh into a miniature sleeping bag about the size of her hand. The Niles 8-year-old then rolled four pieces of purple Play-Doh into tiny balls and placed them on the bottom of the sleeping bag.

“I am making a sleeping bag on wheels,” said Regenos before speaking at length about how much she likes the modeling compound.

Regenos was one of 15 Merritt Elementary students enjoying new toys they received during the Brandywine High School National Honor Society’s annual Christmas Party Monday evening.

The school’s 16 National Honor Society members raised more than $2,900 in one week by soliciting donations from fellow classmates, teachers and parents to make the party possible.

The amount raised is a new record in the five years the party has been in existence. The previous high was $2,200.

“This is a small (honor society) class and they raised more with less people,” said Jim Derucki, honor society advisor. “That says a lot about these kids. It’s a super group.”

The party was held at the Brandywine Middle/Senior High School library, who was decked out with a Christmas tree, candy, treats and drinks. There was even a visit by Santa Claus.

Each honor society member was paired with a child, which was chosen for inclusion in the program based on need. The honor society students were tasked with getting to know their child and finding out what they want for Christmas prior to the party.

Maggie Beaver, a Brandywine senior, was paired with Regenos, who told Beaver she liked Dora the Explorer, playing basketball and the violin. Beaver spent a couple of hours helping Regenos enjoy her new toys.

“It is so nice being able to give to kids that might not be able to have the best Christmas,” Beaver said. “It is just so great seeing their reactions. It is so awesome to see them so happy.”

Derucki said they have enough money left to donate $500 to a local food pantry. They also plan to take the students sledding sometime in January.

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