Danville Express

Living - December 21, 2007

Of note

Danville resident Alexa Sheldon asked her friends to give her toys to donate to Toys for Tots to celebrate her 12th birthday last month. Sheldon, a sixth-grader at Los Cerros Middle School, took 12 friends to see the film "Enchanted" on Nov. 29 and asked them for the toys instead of giving her presents.

This is her third year making this birthday request, said her mother Heidi Sheldon. She donates the toys at law offices at the Doyle House, 571 Hartz Ave. The Toys for Toys program is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, and its goal is to collect and distribute toys to needy children during Christmas.

Montair Elementary School students in Danville raised $731 to buy new uniforms for their sister school, E.M. Downer Elementary School in San Pablo. Students raised money after learning that Downer students needed new uniforms, which the public school pupils wear.

The students worked through the Cross-County School Partner's Program, which provides support to schools in disadvantaged areas in Contra Costa County. Each child was encouraged to earn $1 and donate it; this paid for 42 uniforms, plus a $200 cash donation.

"The kids were so excited about this," said Marisa O'Rielly, Cross-County representative for Montair's PTA. "We are very blessed to live in an area that has top-notch schools; however, this is not the case for everyone."

"It's critical that our students know this," she added.

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