• Belmont Ridge students are paying it forward this holiday season!

    Our SCA is sponsoring "Operation Shoebox" to benefit K - 5th grade students  

    at Meadowland Elementary School in Sterling. 

    Operation Shoebox is going on now! Filled shoeboxes will be due back at school no later than Tuesday, December 12. While it's true that this is an SCA project, we are hoping that ALL Belmont Ridge students will consider participating in this!


    WHAT is Operation Shoebox?

    The idea behind this project is to be able to give a child a box full of items as a holiday gift. We want some of the items to be useful, and some to be just fun. For some kids, it's quite possible that this might be the biggest (or only) thing they receive as a holiday gift.


    WHY should I participate in this project?

    The shoebox gifts are going to benefit students just 15 minutes away from us here at Belmont Ridge. Meadowland ES is a Title 1 school. 


    WHEN does this happen?

    Operation Shoebox is on! Finished shoeboxes are due back by Tuesday, December 12. No need to wrap your shoebox! We will take care of that. SIGN UP HERE if you'd like to contribute a shoebox or shoeboxes:



    WHERE do I get a shoebox  and WHERE do I turn it in when it's done?

    If you don't have a shoebox to fill at home, just ask us for one. There is a limited supply of available empty shoeboxes in each House office as well as Mrs. Woolwine's (C-7).  

    Students can turn in their filled shoeboxes in the main office, their House office, or C-7.


    HOW should I fill the shoebox?

    As mentioned above, the shoebox should contain some items that are useful (needs) and some that are for fun (wants). If you want to fill your box for a girl or for a boy that is totally up to you. We will also need a lot of boxes that would be good for either a girl or a boy! Please keep the ages of the kids in mind. They are  young elementary students, ages 5 - 11. Here is a list of suggested items:


    Stuffed animal


    Toothbrush/toothpaste (toothbrushes should be individually packaged)


    Water bottle

    Lip balm



    Hat or gloves (new, not used)

    Kids' wrist watch


    Friendship bracelets or glow sticks

    Coloring books + crayons or colored pencils

    Make-it-yourself craft kit (suitable for ages 5 - 8)



    Sidewalk chalk

    Binoculars (for kids)

    Jump rope 

    Pencils, pencil sharpener, erasers

    Crayons, markers, notebooks

    Plastic toy figures or action figures

    Yo-yo or small Etch a Sketch

    Deck of playing cards or card game




    Hacky sack

    $5 gift cards from McDonalds

    Snacks as long as they don't contain nuts (fruit snacks and single serve applesauce packets are great, single serve packs of pretzels, Goldfish crackers, or Oreos are also good.)

    Packets of hot chocolate, mac & cheese pouches, instant oatmeal packets



    No candy or snacks that contain nuts!! (VERY IMPORTANT!)

    No liquids, no aerosol cans (no snow globes)

    Nothing that specifies "Christmas". Not everyone celebrates Christmas but you can absolutely do something that has to do with Winter or New Year's! (New Year's Eve glasses would be a fun addition to any box!)



    As mentioned above, you will not need to wrap the box. We plan to have two wrapping sessions at the school. Students who need volunteer service hours can get credit for these.

    As a nice finishing touch, we would love for you to draw/write a card for the student and enclose it in your box before you turn it in. No need to sign your name unless you want to (just your first name and last initial would be perfect). Some examples of greetings might be, "wishing you all good things in the new year", or  "have a fun winter break"!

    Please know that you don't have to spend a small fortune to fill your shoebox. Think Five Below and the "dollar" section at Target.  Some other inexpensive ideas include creating a word search online and printing that out. One family included a paper snowflake! :)

    If you have questions about any of this, please contact me! Susan.Ferguson@lcps.org

    THANK YOU for helping to make someone's holidays shine a little brighter!