Teachers donate Christmas trees


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The teachers at the V.I. Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy are spreading a little Christmas cheer this season.

The school imported 450 live Christmas trees from a sustainable Christmas tree farm in Canada to sell as a fundraiser.

Some of the teachers at the school decided to pool their money and buy six trees to donate to various nonprofits and nursing homes, Peter Gruber International Academy Academic Director Gloria Zakers said.

Zakers said the teachers bought the trees, six Christmas tree stands and decorations.

Zakers and her colleague Michele Weichman delivered them last week to Lucinda Millin Home, Seaview Nursing Home, Seaview Adolescent Center, Bethlehem House, Family Resource Center and one family in need.

The school still has many trees of varying sizes and prices.

The money raised from the sale of trees will go to the VIMSIA Without Boarders program. The program supports any kind of international educational opportunities, from travel to bringing in experts to talk to the students, Zakers said.

The trees are for sale at Mandela Circle from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day on Saturdays. Trees are also available at the school anytime during the day.

For more information, call 775-6360.

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