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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) – Some kids from the Eisenhower Elementary School Show Choir shared their Christmas Spirit today, with a group of local veterans.

Third, fourth, and fifth grader choir students sang Christmas carols to about 40 veterans at the Veterans Center in Lawton. After their performance the students handed out gifts to the veterans. The gifts were all a part of the Veterans Center Christmas wish list. 
 Eisenhowers P.E. teacher, Josyln Wood, heard about the list and decided to raise some money for the presents and taught the students something about the true meaning of Christmas.

Students from The Eisehower Show Choir have been preparing for months to sing to veterans and while they enjoyed learning all the Christmas carols they performed today,  Eisenhower P.E. teacher, Joslyn wood hopes it also teaches students something about giving back to others.

"It just seems like sometimes I hear a lot of students talk about what they want for Christmas so I'm trying to teach them to think of others first", said Wood.

Fifth grader Lauren Cockrell learned that it's better to give than receive ans said this event means a lot to her.

"A lot of people couldn't do this i just feel like I am so lucky and so special to be able to come here with all these other girls and boys and just we were able to give to all these people and sing and give them a Merry Christmas", said Cockrell.

Fourth grader Katelyn Colemansvitak says her favorite part was talking to a veteran who met a former president of the United States.

"I meet somebody who meet Dwight D. Eisenhower and he was telling us these stories that I didn't even know. He was saying how he became president and he meet him and got to go to the White House and meet him, it was like really good", said Colemansvitak.

Wood was given a wish list from the VA center with different items they would like for Christmas. 
She raised the money and purchased 40 different sweatshirts in different colors and sizes from Walmart. She also got blankets and and 40 $25 dollar gift cards for the veterans to use.  Wood said she is thankful she was able to give back to others.

" You never know what impact you can have on somebody's life and you never know what kind of seed you are planting. These kids whether its the kids that walk away from this with something or veterans walk away with something or other people who are here today involved in this, I think everyone will walk away with a little something", said Wood.

Kim Praytor is the Veterans center assistant administrator and says she was excited to see the kids perform, but knows how much this event means to the veterans.

"We are so fortunate and so very blessed. Some of these guys have limited incomes and we are just always very very blessed to have any of our community volunteers, the schools, or the folks out on post to help us and they just take such wonderful care of these veterans here in our center and we are just very grateful for what they do for us", said Praytor.

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