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Rocky River students get holiday surprise

Students at Rocky River High School in Mint Hill got a pleasant surprise Wednesday morning during homeroom.

They discovered that someone had left them a stocking -- well, a gift bag -- as a Christmas gift. That “someone” was the school’s parent-teacher organization, with help from Principal Brandy Nelson and the rest of the school administration.

“We wanted to help give the students something to smile about, as they break for the holidays,” said Florence Simon, co-president of the Rocky River High PTO.

The bags contained apples, oranges, chips, crackers, candy, cookies, water and juice, and PTO and school officials said the gift was a way of showing appreciation to students for their hard work and cooperation during the first semester.

A group of parents and staff members gathered after school Monday evening and spent between five and six hours in the cafeteria, stuffing 1,774 bags with the goodies.

Darryl Kelson of the PTO said the gifts enabled students to set up a bartering system.

“Not only were they surprised by the gesture, but they really got a kick out of swapping the goodies,” Kelson said.

Rocky River High students, like the rest of their CMS counterparts, break for the holidays Thursday afternoon and are off until Jan. 2.

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