Giving thanks to community helpers

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Veterinary assistant Denise Morin, left, gathers Christmas cards dropped off Tuesday at the Lewiston Veterinary Hospital by Acadia Academy kindergarten students and their principal Julie Colello. Over the course of two days, students in kindergarten through third grade dropped off 172 homemade cards at 22 locations throughout Lewiston and Auburn. A school bus full of children made surprise visits to locations that have supported Acadia Academy, helped students learn or done much for their communities, such as police departments, the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, the Salvation Army and others. Students called their efforts “Community Well Wishes.” (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Dr. Linda Glass gives kindergarten student Nay’Lani Pontoo a hug after the Acadia Academy student gave her a handmade Christmas card at Pediatric Associates of Lewiston. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Acadia Academy kindergarten students get back onto the school bus after delivering Christmas cards to residents and staff at Montello Manor in Lewiston. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

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Salvation Army employee Megan Thayer is approached by Christmas card-carrying kindergarten students from Acadia Academy in Lewiston. Students and their principal, Julie Colello, right, delivered cards to each employee who was working Tuesday. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Greater Androscoggin Humane Society Operations Manager Zach Black, center, and two employees wave goodbye to the Acadia Academy students while hanging Christmas cards that the kindergarten students had dropped off Tuesday. The GAHS was closed when the school bus pulled up, but Black quickly rounded up employees to greet the children and their teachers. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Veterinary assistant Denise Morin smiles Tuesday as she looks at Christmas cards dropped off at the Lewiston Veterinary Hospital by Acadia Academy kindergarten students. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

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