Globe Santa has always counted on the help of schoolchildren in dozens of Boston-
area schools to raise funds that help provide Christmas gifts for thousands of children in needy families.
This year, Globe Santa was pleased to learn that students at Chelsea High School, who became aware of the program’s recipients through classroom reading and writing assignments, have been working together to help.
It started when English teacher Amy Mondello began teaching a composition course to freshmen this semester and realized that few of them ever read a newspaper.
She was determined to change that, she said, so she searched the Globe for stories she thought they would find interesting. She copied them and gave them to her students to read. Then she asked them to write in journals about what they had read.
Last month, she began giving her students articles that detail the letters sent to the Globe by parents asking Globe Santa for Christmas presents for their children.
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