ROME, N.Y. -- Second graders from Stokes Elementary School in Rome got into the holiday spirit by giving to a local organization that serves those in need.
The students decorated cookies in the classroom, and Thursday they delivered those cookies to the Rescue Mission of Rome.
While they were there, the kids learned about what the rescue mission does for the community.
“They're getting the understanding that there are a lot of children less fortunate than themselves and that they are really giving back to others in the community. We had a lot of fun decorating the cookies. They each donated a little of their own money,” said Crystal Eastup, a second grade teacher at Stokes.
“The second graders are always excited to do this each and every year and that makes us excited,” said Cheri Galluppi, another second grade teacher.
The Rescue Mission of Rome serves a meal on Christmas Day to anyone who is in need, and they're always happy when volunteers come in to lend a helping hand.