American studies classes at Westwood donate toys to shelter

Students in Kris McCarthy’s American studies classes donated more than 100 toys in time for the holidays to Alexandra House as a tie-in to a unit studying the Great Depression.

Students in Kris McCarthy’s American studies classes donated more than 100 toys in time for the holidays to Alexandra House as a tie-in to a unit studying the Great Depression.

Students in Kris McCarthy’s American studies classes donated more than 100 toys in time for the holidays to Alexandra House as a tie-in to a unit studying the Great Depression.

Seventh-graders in all five of McCarthy’s five classes at Westwood Middle School read stories and analyzed photos depicting people helping each other during that difficult time.

“The students were inspired by the actions of the people they saw and read about and decided to do something in their own community to help out,” McCarthy wrote in an email to the Life.

Alexandra House is a shelter for battered woman and children located in Anoka County.

The toys were delivered last week.

This is the second year that McCarthy’s classes have donated toys to the shelter.

“They truly made a ‘real life’ connection to our community and our history,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy is in her 10th year of teaching at Westwood Middle School. In 2011, she was named Spring Lake Park District 16’s secondary level Teacher of the Year.

Recently she was named Kraus-Hartig VFW Post 6587’s Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year. McCarthy is one of 26 post-level winners in the state. A district winner will be selected in early January 2013.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com

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