by Joey Crandall, email@example.com Follow @joeycrandall
The Carson Valley Middle School Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Leadership Class put together a whirlwind of a fall semester, raising $6,000 in three months for various student activities, programs and community service projects.
As the class budgeted the money, it collectively decided it wanted to find an area where it could give back to the community.
The class’ 30 students wound up donating $500 to Project Santa Claus, adopting the Angel Tree for Austin’s House in the process,
On Friday, the community gave a little bit back to the class as Hoch Family Creamery donated ice cream and Yogurt Beach in Gardnerville donated toppings for an ice cream social during the normal meeting time for the class.
Kiwanis Club of Carson Valley member Gary Dove and Minden Rotary member John Carne delivered the goods to the class and stuck around to ask the students about their experience.
Pam Higman, who has taught the class for six years, said students raised the money through a car wash, a Yankee candle sale, a spirit wear sale and a variety of other smaller projects.
“Because they had amassed that much money, they wanted to give back during the holiday season,” Higman said. “When they heard of the opportunity to donate to Project Santa Claus, they jumped on board with that. They decided the amount, it was their thing.
“Getting this ice cream social was so nice and unexpected for the class.”
More than 90 students applied for entry into the class this year with 30 gaining acceptance. Students had to write an essay with their application and feedback was gathered from other teachers on the applicants.
“In this class, it’s about making the school a better place to be,” Higman said.
Students built a Tiki hut to house part of the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention System, where students are awarded tickets for outstanding and positive behavior and they can cash the tickets in at the hut for merchandise.
This spring, the class is aiming to organize a color dash that will include incoming sixth- and seventh-graders to the school.
“We’re excited about it, we’re hoping that it’s a good way to get kids involved with their new school and help with that transition,” Higman said.
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