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Storm Lake HS students discover the gift of giving

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

During the holiday season many people discover the gift of giving. The student council members of Storm Lake High School have planned and taken part in projects and activities that have brought smiles to many others. "We have taken it upon ourselves to give back to the community we love," said Bobbi Meyer, social chairperson for the organization.

Over Thanksgiving the student council donated turkeys to five families within their own school. Members also spent a total of six hours at Fareway and Hy-Vee ringing bells for the Salvation Army.

Now that it is the Christmas season, the student council has adopted a family through the Upper Des Moines Adopt-A-Family program. The event has snowballed and the family they adopted is sure to have a wonderful Christmas. The student council donated $75 from each high school class to purchase gifts. The some 30 student council members were asked to bring three non-perishable items to go along with the gifts. But many students went further by donating more non-perishable items and even buying more gifts.

The student also put together a clothing drive for Upper Des Moines. The entire student body was asked to take part by bringing clothing and placing the items in the specified boxes. The involvement was overwhelming. Several bags of clothing have already been taken to Upper Des Moines for distribution and there are more to go. The clothing drive was a new event that the students council decided to do and with so much success, Bobbi said, she hopes it is included again next year in the student council happenings.

The student council members also visited their Partners In Excellence group - Mrs. Anderson's first grade class at West School - and had a fun time with the young students. They donated puzzles, brought cookies, wrote letters, and read a story to them.The older students seemed to have just as much fun as the young students. This is also the first year the student council adopted a P.I.E. class, also.

"It's the best feeling," Bobbi said of the work of the student council. "I couldn't be happier about how things turned out. I'm glad I've been a part of it."

She spoke highly of the entire student council. "We've got a good mix of students. Those that are in music, sports, speech. We have every aspect of high school life involved in student council. We meet twice a month and have a lot of fun."

She added, "There is so much news out there about the bad things kids do. We want people to know that there are kids that are doing good things."

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