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Hathaway Elementary School holiday gift store opens for students

The Columbian
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WASHOUGAL — The joy of holiday giving filled Hathaway Elementary School’s library as excited student shoppers looked for the perfect gifts for friends and family. They made their selections from long tables of new and festive donated items, including mugs, books, ornaments, toys and more.

It’s been two years since Hathaway students have had the opportunity to shop at the school’s holiday store using credit received from exchanging their Pawsitive Slips. Students earn these reward slips by demonstrating positive behavior.

The holiday gift store was started six years ago by volunteer Pam Clark, who attended Hathaway in the mid-1950s and was a member of Mrs. Nystrom’s fourth-grade class.

“I love helping students have an opportunity to share in the giving season,” Clark said. “All of these items are collected throughout the year for this event. And some have been in storage for two years. It is wonderful to bring this experience back.”

For many at the store this is the first time they have shopped on their own.

“The fourth- and fifth-grade students spend a lot of time shopping and give a lot of consideration for the person they are buying for,” said Nancy Boon, Family Resource Coordinator, who was helping to manage student slip redemption. “The younger students are a little more grab and go,” she added with a chuckle.

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