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Kids who care

Sixth-grade students from Basalt Middle School pose with the gifts they collected through their Living Means Giving program.

In December, Basalt Middle School students spent their time, money, energy and musical talent to provide holiday cheer for families who were struggling over the holiday season.

As part of the Star Tree gift program, students adopted an individual or family by picking a name from the tree of someone who would otherwise not be getting a gift. The students then bought a gift, wrapped it and returned it to school. More than 45 gifts were donated to Holiday Baskets, a local organization that distributes the gifts to the families.

Sixth-grade classes raised $1,400 through their Living Means Giving program. They shoveled snow, baby-sat, sold baked goods and did odd jobs for friends and family, collecting money for about three weeks. A group of students went to Wal-Mart to purchase gifts, wrapped them and donated the gifts to Holiday Baskets. The gifts collected provided for more than 30 people.

Seventh- and eighth-grade band students performed holiday concerts for seniors at Heritage Park in Carbondale and Castle Creek Terrace in Aspen, and some played the halls of Valley View Hospital over the holiday break.For the third year, middle school students also participated in Cans Around the Gym, the goal being to have collected food go around the gymnasium. Students collected more than 450 nonperishable food items, which were donated to Lift-Up.