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WHEN FAMILIES CAN’T CELEBRATE, THIS SCHOOL BRINGS BIRTHDAY CHEER From birthday supplies to birthday surprise, this program supports local families — and celebrates the joy of giving back. “Birthday Boxes are an exciting way for students to give back — it’s something students can easily relate to, because they’re always so happy to celebrate their own birthdays.” The routine is familiar but exciting: The lights dim. The cake emerges. And the group begins to sing: Happy birthday to you… For many students, blowing out candles is a yearly rite of passage — and a chance to imagine all the opportunities a new year can bring. But for other children, the opportunity to make that wish — or have their own birthday party — remains out of reach. That’s why this school is sharing the bounty. At St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic School in Yardley, students, teachers, and parents all pitch in to create Birthday Boxes filled with party supplies, cake mix, and gifts. The recipients get a chance to celebrate, and St. Ignatius students get to experience the fun of giving. “The boxes are an exciting way for students to give back,” says Tina Schmidt, the school’s technology and library teacher who leads the program. “It’s something students can easily relate to, because they’re always so happy to celebrate their own birthdays.” 4