CONCORD – Cannon School took time to honor of the school’s six core values, kindness, by giving underprivileged children in the Concord and Lake Norman areas a holiday season to remember.

On Dec. 7, Cannon students ages 4 to 18 years old donated more than 875 new and unused gifts for needy children of their own age and gender during the school’s annual Project Wrap-In community service project. The students also did all the wrapping, younger students paired with older buddies, and gave the gifts to five charitable organizations that provide underprivileged children with presents for the holidays.

Representatives from the Ada Jenkins Center, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Salvation Army, the Academic Learning Center and Communities in Schools of Cabarrus County were on-hand to receive the gifts during a school assembly.

Project Wrap-In began four years ago as a small community service project envisioned by Bethany Corbin, a 2008 Cannon School alumnus who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill last May. It has grown into an event that students look forward to each December.

This year’s project was coordinated by Emily Anderson, a senior from Concord; Tyler Carson, a senior from Davidson; Tory Foster, a junior from Concord; Bruna Liboria, a junior from Concord; Lucie Randall, a senior from Troutman; Tias Sen, a junior from University City; Vanessa Vaccaro, a senior from Concord; and Hayley Todd, upper school service learning coordinator.