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Categories: Around the Diocese

Students use recycled items to create toys

During Advent, students of all ages from around the St. Cloud Diocese were invited to create a toy or game using only reused, recycled or common items found around one’s house or classroom for the annual Advent Toy Contest sponsored by the St. Cloud Mission Office. There were 20 submissions from eight different schools.

toy_contestThis initiative was established to help students think about those that do not receive store-bought gifts and to pray for them throughout the holidays.

Cash gifts, donated by various Knights of Columbus councils and mission groups, were awarded to the schools of the winning toys’ creators.

First place, a prize of $500 for their school, was awarded to Kolle Schuler and Mya Miranowski, second-graders at St. Mary’s School, Breckenridge, who designed a dollhouse (pictured at right) using scraps of materials they found around their homes and classroom.

“We love to play with our own dollhouses,” the girls shared on their entry form, “and we thought it would be fun to create and decorate our own.”

Second place ($300) was a tie between a Build a Snowman game by Dominic Schmidt (second grade) and a cloth checker board game by Matthew Watson (second grade) both at St. Mary Help of Christians School, St. Augusta.

Third place ($200) was awarded for a camera and binoculars set by Briar Rentz (second grade) at Holy Trinity School, Pierz.
Honorable Mentions go to St. Mary’s School, Breckenridge, Christ the King School, Browerville, and Our Lady of Victory School, Fergus Falls.