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CHS Angel Tag project hits best year yet

December 19, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Every year since Canfield High School Student Council has been involved in the Salvation Army Angel Tag program has been better than the prior. This year topped it all with a record number of tags filled.

Student Council President Clare Crescimanno said the Angel Tag program has students purchasing gifts for an unfortunate child. The child has been selected by the Salvation Army to fill out a tag and write what they hope to get for Christmas. The tags also include clothing sizes. The tags are then distributed to schools and other entities in hopes someone takes a tag and fills a dream.

"Each Student Council member takes a tag, some take two or more," Crescimanno said. "We even had entire classrooms take a tag as a project."

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier

Canfield High School Student Council President Clare Crescimanno hands more toys to Student Council member Alyssa Householder, who helped stack the recent CHS donation in the Salvation Army truck.

Once a person, or classroom, takes a tag, they go out and try to fill the wish list on it. The finished orders are then picked up by the Salvation Army truck and taken back to its Youngstown facility for wrapping and giving out.

"This year we filled 200 Angel Tags," Crescimanno said. "It is the most ever."

It also makes Canfield High School media and communications teacher Renee English very happy. She said she has been part of the program for four years now and she noticed how it has progressed.

"It keeps growing," she said. "This year is our highest number ever. Plus we had people donating items not on any tag."

While the collection of the items is complete, the work for the student council has just begun. This week, on Dec. 19, the students donated their time at the Salvation Army in Youngstown to wrap the gifts and help hand them out. For English, it is a moment that brings tears to her eyes.

"Last year, my Canfield students were actually handing out the Christmas presents to students I had in my class when I taught in Youngstown Schools," English said. "It is very emotional to see."



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