HOLDEN, Mass. — The students at Davis Hill Elementary were beaming with excitement Thursday when they saw the gymnasium transformed into a huge holiday marketplace filled with potential holiday gifts for their family members.
A yearly tradition at Davis Hill, the Holiday Fair gives students from kindergarten to fifth grade the opportunity to do a little Christmas shopping of their own, while learning about the value of giving to others.
According to Principal Mark Aucoin, the gifts are all donated or made by parents, and ranged from cookbooks to Christmas ornaments.
"There's something special for moms and dads and brothers and sisters," he said, adding that there were even gifts available for their pets.
To ensure the gifts are within the spending range of the young shoppers, each was priced from 50 cents to a few dollars.
In fact, the holiday fair isn't about money at all, said Aucoin, but rather its the thought that counts.
"The child gets to pick out something for a loved one, so it gets them thinking of other people," said Aucoin.
The whole school community comes together for the fair, with parents and retired teachers coming in to help run the market and the wrapping stations, and older kids helping guide some of the younger ones as well.
Check out photos of Davis Hill's first-graders seeking perfect presents in The Daily Voice gallery.