Elizabeth (comment #3),
You asked about how the students decorate the holiday hope chests. The students bring the shoe boxes to school, and I wrap them in red or green solid paper. They then decorate the boxes themselves using scrapbook punches, my Sizzix mini die-cut machine, and construction paper. I used to scrapbook a lot, so I have tons of holiday die cuts like presents, snowmen, Christmas trees, etc. The kids can easily use the machine, and the die cuts really do make the boxes and cards look nice!
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