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Siearra Nagle and Stefan Thalacker volunteered as bell ringers for the Salvation Army.
Siearra Nagle and Stefan Thalacker volunteered as bell ringers for the Salvation Army.
Chelsea Shar
Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Student Senate, Salvation Army Make Great Team


Red and Blue Staff Writer

Members of the Alliance High School Student Senate recently teamed up with the Salvation Army for the holiday season. Members of the National Honor Society were also invited to volunteer.

Students could choose to participate in bell ringing outside of Walmart, distributing gifts in local nursing homes, handing out gifts and decorating trees in the Salvation Army, helping with the Angel Tree at the mall, unloading food trucks, and assisting with the toy and food drive.

Not only did their assistance provide for the community, but students were able to learn about community service and its importance.

“I signed up to help the Salvation Army get ready for their Thanksgiving meal,” explained Cali Parmenter, a sophomore. “I set up tables and organized the food. I’m excited to do more volunteer work in the future.”

On Dec. 2, students rang the bell at Walmart for 1 ½ hour shifts throughout the day. A total of $551 was raised for the Salvation Army that day.

Julia Schwartz, a freshman,  worked a shift ringing the bell.

“It was nice to see the generosity of the community toward those who are less fortunate,” she commented.

Student Senate members traveled to four area nursing homes after school on Dec. 6, 8 and 11. They passed out Salvation Army calendars and magazines to residents.

“It was heartwarming to see the residents at Canterbury receive their gifts,” said Matthew Eversdyke, a freshman.

Junior Anastasia Kendysh is an exchange student from Ukraine. She also rang the bell outside of Walmart.

“It was really interesting to see how many people are donating their money in America, because in my country it’s not common at all,” she said. “I was surprised to see that people care so much about others.”

“Student Senate is not only a learning experience, but a personal experience that builds character,” said Siearra Nagle, also a junior.

“While meeting many new people, you are also dedicating your time to those in need and helping your community,” she said. “So many advantages and opportunities are offered while being involved in student senate.”

Student Senate is directed by Ms. Liz Davis and Ms. Nicolle Boehm. Students will continue to do volunteer work by running JV and varsity basketball game concession stands this season and organizing school dances.