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Columbus Middle School will host Community Giving Back Night Dec. 11. 

The Columbus community has a chance to provide for families in need just before the holidays.

Dec. 11, the Columbus School District will host Community Giving Back Night, from 4-7 p.m. at Columbus Middle School. The first-time event is similar to Back to School Night held in late August.

Columbus Middle/Intermediate School Assistant Principal and Director of Community Learning Cori Denk is spearheading the event, along with Bridget Morris, Columbus/Fall River Rotary President.

“Bridget was really instrumental in having an event like this after the Back to School Night in August,” Denk said.

Denk hopes Community Giving Back Night will be a great event for everyone in the community. The event is sponsored by Columbus Community Learning Services and School Nursing Services.

“Some of our volunteers thought it would be great to do something during the winter season, right before the holidays,” Denk said.

Organizers have received monetary donations from businesses, groups and individuals. Those donations will go towards the purchase of winter clothing for families, including socks and mittens. Books will also be provided. In addition, the Old Garage Barbershop, along with Tease, Studio 920 and Studio 28 will offer free haircuts and stylings. Children receiving haircuts should have clean hair.

“We’re also going to have a clothing store with clothes donated from families in the community that will be set up in different sizes and they’re all winter clothes,” Denk said.

Denk said local churches Faith Lutheran, St. Jerome’s, United Methodist and Olivet have been collecting socks and mittens through a charity drive. Clothing supplies are limited to donations that are received.

The book store will feature works from several genres that appeal to children and adults.

“It’s a very special, unique thing that we’re doing,” Denk said. “It will be a very nice community event.”

The event will also feature a gift shop. Children can pick out two gifts for a person they care about and prepare the presents at a decorating station.

“They can shop for others so they understand what it means to give back,” Denk said.

Denk said event volunteers are welcome. To help with Community Giving Back Night, contact Denk at cdenk@columbus.k12.wi.us or at 920-350-0370. Organizers are hoping for a large turnout on Dec. 11.

“If this continues to be successful, having it every year would be wonderful,” Denk said.

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