Brighton School collecting items for Union Grove veterans home

Brighton School is spearheading a drive to benefit a group of veterans living in Union Grove.

Items sought include fun size candy bars, bags of individually wrapped chocolate candy for prizes, diet and regular soda, Walmart gift cards, subscriptions to “Reminisce” magazine, young living essential oils (thieves, lemon, orange, peppermint, purification), essential oils diffusers (Amazon UR Power 1,000 ml essential oil diffuser $30.59), kleenex (no aloe or lotion), and wheelchair ponchos.  A complete list of items can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs website: https://dva.wi.gov/PublishingImages/Pages/veteransHomes/VHDonations/Union%20Grove%20Wish%20List-current.pdf.  Brighton Elementary School and the Brighton Town Hall will be accepting donations up until Dec. 17.  The items will be delivered to The Veterans Home at Union Grove on Dec. 19.   

In 2018, the school invited The Chimers to perform at its Veterans Day program with our own Brighton Stars.  The Chimers are a musical performing group that resides at The Veterans Home at Union Grove. 

“We found that the individually wrapped chocolate candy was a donation item our kids could really get behind and they did not disappoint,” said Beth Gillette, of the school’s administrative office staff. “I believe we had about 4 or 5 extra large boxes of candy to send home with the veterans that day.”

Because the school’s Veterans Day program did not lineup with The Chimers schedule this year, it was decided that the opportunity to have The Chimers and students perform together again needed to happen in a different way, Gillette explained. A daytime performance was added to the Annual Christmas Sing-A-Long to accommodate the group’s travel hours.  All students were given copies of a wish list and donations started pouring in.   So many in fact that the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are having a contest to see which class donates the most items.   

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