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The time has come, once again, for California Elementary School fifth grade teachers and students alike to partake in the Circle of Sharing.

The community project aims to raise money through building baskets and selling raffle tickets for area parties to win said baskets. All proceeds for the purchases go straight to buying gift cards to local grocery stores in an effort to supply families in need through the holiday season — namely, through holiday break.

Twenty years ago, a group of fifth grade teachers decided The Circle of Sharing was the best way to come together and make sure families had a comfortable Christmas.

CES principal Gary Baker said this opportunity benefits the students as well.

"At California Elementary School, education is about so much more than the academics — character matters," Baker said. "Our programs are designed to inspire and encourage students to become their best selves — as learners, as friends and as members of the community.

"We want our students to head out into the world equipped with all the tools — social, emotional and organizational — they will need for a meaningful life."

Sales for the tickets began Nov. 15 but will continue until Dec. 6. A celebration day will take place at 1:05 p.m. Dec. 13, in the elementary school multipurpose room.

"We are excited to share that our local Ministerial Alliance has graciously offered to partner with us this season to ensure that all of the families in need at the elementary school will get blessed by this outpouring of love and generosity," Baker said.

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