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Montgomery Students Help Salvation Army
Wednesday, 11 January 2012

January 11-- Everyone is familiar with their red kettles and bell ringers at Christmas time, but did you know that the Salvation Army furnishes Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need?  They also provide disaster relief, emergency shelters for homeless people, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and other services. The Montgomery County Elementary School Student Council raised money for the Salvation Army by hosting a Christmas store at the school.  From December 14thto 16th donations of “gently” used toys and other items were sold to students for $1 or less.


As a result of the store, a check for $483 was presented by MCES Principal Brittany Deen (right) to Sandy Roberts, the director of the Salvation Army in Vidalia.  Because of this Christmas store, MCES students were able to buy gifts for family members and at the same time contribute money to this important charitable organization.

The student council includes sixth graders Andrew Poole (president),Mikoya McRae (vice president), Shaw Robinson (secretary), Amber Eason (treasurer),and fifth grade representatives Zachary Horton and Bria Boyer.  These students helped collect, sort and price the donated items ahead of time, and then helped operate the store.

One of the student council’s goals is to sponsor community service projects.  This was their second project this school year.  In November they collected 567 cans of soup and delivered them to the Montgomery County Senior Center.

The Christmas store could not have been a success without the participation of the PTO and parents.  Thanks go to Heather Posey, PTO president, for coordinating parental involvement in running the store.

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