Students get joy of helping others through service projects
By Doug Lowe
During this holiday season, students attending any of Sanpete’s three public high schools are getting plenty of opportunities to learn the value of helping others through a wide variety of service projects helping others who are less fortunate.
Jeff Erickson, the Assistant Principal of North Sanpete High School, enthusiastically points out, “This year’s annual Toys for Tots donation drive, spearheaded by our students, has raised more money, and bought more toys for needy kids, than ever before.”
Likewise, the principal of Manti High School proudly reported, “Our National Honor Society students happily joined in their organization’s nation-wide effort to gather food donations during the holiday season.”
The effort brought in more than a quarter ton of food, along with considerable cash, to help ensure that our area’s food pantry will be able to provide needy families with good things to eat during the holidays.
According to Melissa Judy, during this holiday season the students of Gunnison Valley High are busily engaged in a program called “12 Days of Keeping It Real.”
This multi-day effort is designed to help the students get more deeply involved in the true spirit of Christmas by shifting the focus off themselves and putting it on doing things to help others—like making mats to help Salt Lake’s homeless to their parents, teachers, school administrators and all community members who help demonstrate the age-old truth that it is more blessed to give than receive.