Glacier Ridge Elementary School students pitched in around their homes this month, but not because it earned them a spot on Santa's good list.

Glacier Ridge Elementary School students pitched in around their homes this month, but not because it earned them a spot on Santa's good list.

By performing extra chores at home, the students earned money for three charities: Welcome Warehouse, the American Cancer Society and Heifer International.

In lieu of the usual holiday parties, Glacier Ridge students and their families gathered in the school's gym Dec. 18 for the "Celebration of Giving" before departing for the two-week winter break.

Between student musical performances, the crowd watched a slideshow of students performing chores ranging from dishes and vacuuming to laundry and dusting.

Students brought in the money they earned from the chores beginning in December, and second-grade teacher Erica Kelley told students at last week's gathering that they met their goal.

"Our goal was $1,500 and we did it," she said. "Give me a wow!"

Principal Karen Szymysiak said the $1,558 raised by students would be divided evenly between the three charities.

"The kids felt very strongly about having a local, national and international charity," she said.

According to its Web site, Welcome Warehouse is a "nonprofit, faith-based organization that provides a warehouse of opportunities, goods and services to those of us in the Dublin area who are temporarily in need."

The money donated to the international organization, Heifer International, will help purchase a cow for an African family who will use it for food and income.

Glacier Ridge began the tradition of holding a celebration of giving instead of holiday parties the first year the school opened, Szymysiak said.

"The kids give up their holiday party for this," she said. "They are awesome kids. They decided giving is more important during the holidays instead of focusing on what they want."