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Photos: Lester Park students spread holiday joy

Students from Lester Park Elementary School delivered decorated Christmas trees to residents of Ecumen Lakeshore and Diamond Willow Assisted Living, both in Duluth.

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Lester Park Elementary School first grade student Charlie Green gives Janis, a resident of Diamond Willow Assisted Living, a Christmas tree on Tuesday Dec., 21, 2021, in Duluth. 20 students from the school delivered trees to residents while conducting the 19th annual Giving Tree Project. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
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While conducting the 19th annual Giving Tree Project, children from Lester Park Elementary School in Duluth brought donations they earned at home or happened to have in their piggy banks to school. Then the funds were used to purchase artificial trees and students made decorations in their classrooms during the weeks leading up to the delivery date.

The children collected over $2,702 for the project this year, setting a new record. Twenty students from the school delivered trees to residents of Ecumen Lakeshore and Diamond Willow Assisted Living, both in Duluth, on Tuesday afternoon.

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Molly Fredericton, a fourth grade student at Lester Park Elementary, carries a Christmas tree on Tuesday Dec., 21, 2021, at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Duluth. Children bring donations they earn at home or happen to have in their piggy banks to purchase the artificial trees and make decorations in their classrooms during the weeks leading up to the delivery date. The children collected over $2,702 for the project this year, a new record. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
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Charlotte Chandler, a kindergarten student at Lester Park Elementary School, waits to give away a Christmas tree on Tuesday Dec., 21, 2021, at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Duluth. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
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Rhoda Schmidt, left, and Evalina Thorp, both kindergarten students at Lester Park Elementary School, unwrap Christmas trees before giving them to residents on Tuesday Dec., 21, 2021, at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Duluth. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
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This story originally contained a misspelling of Evalina Thorp’s name. It was updated at 11:25 a.m. Jan. 4, with the proper spelling. The News Tribune regrets the error.

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