Helping The Community
Jon Smith

Helping The Community

Student Senate Rings the Bell

By Emily Kungle

Red and Blue staff writer

The Alliance High School Student Senate members lent a hand this holiday season, helping the Salvation Army with their Red Kettle collections.

Students worked an hour-and-a half shift in front of the Alliance Walmart, collecting donations. Each pair sent a selfie of themselves a faculty advisor to let them know they made it to their shift.

It was beyond freezing that week, but students toughed it out. It paid off too; more than $380 was raised in a single kettle.

“It's nice to volunteer around Christmas time because you normally take advantage of things you have and it's nice to help others instead,” sophomore Allie Cox said.

Student Senate has worked with the Salvation Army for years, but recently decided to expand their volunteer projects.

“Two years ago, we got together with Lieutenants Matt and Debbie Hamilton, who run all the activities at the Salvation Army,” said Mrs. Liz Davis, who advises the organization along with Mrs. Nicolle Boehm.

“We decided to increase Student Senate’s involvement with their service projects,” she said. “They told us their needs and we worked to fill them.”

While the Red Kettle has been the most talked about event this winter, students also helped set up for the Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving dinner, bagged food for the annual food distribution, and manned the Salvation Army Giving Tree at the Carnation Mall. They also helped with a food distribution day at the end of December.

The Giving Tree was a big event. During the end of November and beginning of December, students would work four-hour shifts sitting by the tree at the Carnation Mall. They would answer questions and receive donations for the Salvation Army in the form of gifts.

Volunteering and working with the Salvation Army is not all Student Senate is doing this winter. They are finding ample volunteer hours right here at Alliance High. They are in charge of Alliance’s concession stands for both the JV and Varsity basketball games. They set up after school and are kept busy with the rushes between games and during half time.

The money raised at the concession stand is put towards the school’s homecoming dances. It is used to buy decorations, refreshments, and special things like photo booths. Having money available allows Student Senate to choose from a wider variety of themes and make the events enjoyable for everyone.

Student Senate is all about helping others and that's something everyone can do. It was freezing cold the evening my partner and I were out ringing the bell, but I liked having the opportunity to volunteer and help out the community.

Sophomore Anna Zumbar and freshman Emily Kungle, both members of Student Senate, report for duty by sending a selfie from the Walmart collection site for the Salvation Army