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Making sure those at-risk have holiday cheer


Last updated 12/27/2018 at 9:32pm

John McCallum

he door of the Cheney Middle School library decorated to receive Holiday Store customers.

For the past nine years, Cheney School District art teacher Sherie Syrie has spearheaded an effort to make sure at-risk students have an opportunity to do some Christmas shopping for their families - and even for themselves.

The Holiday Store takes place the Thursday before Christmas in whatever school Syrie is assigned to, and enables low-income familiy students selected to take part the chance to come to the library and use distributed "Santa Bucks" to purchase about $40 in gifts. The money comes from local organizations, who also send members to volunteer to help out at the store.

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