MIDLOTHIAN — It is the season of giving and the 115 Frank Seale Middle School student council students and parent chaperones that recently donated their time and service to the Salvation Army surely did not forget it. Eighth-grade English language arts and reading teacher, Jennifer Barnes, who is also the student council sponsor, noted that the students wanted to help in the community and knew just the way to get involved.

“We connected with Capt. Frankie Zuniga of The Salvation Army to become Kettle Bell Ringers for all the Midlothian and Waxahachie locations. They were in groups of anywhere from 9-15 students per Kettle. We came equipped with our own red bells to ring as well. The students sang Christmas carols, helped carry bags, return carts, and handed out homemade Christmas cards to all who came our way,” Barnes said.

Though the freezing temperatures and wind were bothersome, the students were able to see “the joy first hand of what it means to truly give this holiday season.” Barnes shared that the students made her very proud for toughing out the conditions.

“What an incredible testament as to why we do this. In the short three hours we were there we brought awareness and spotlighted the kettles on Facebook and other social media, we collected $2,477.96, around $826 an hour. This is in contrast to the preceding Friday's total of $1,483 collected over eight hours. We were elated to get that news and to help bring such a significant amount was for certain exciting news,” Barnes said.

In the future, the student council will bring back its caroling efforts to The Salvation Army for the volunteer banquet.

“It has been a whirlwind first semester working with the Miracle League DFW, the Macy's Letters to Santa Drive, and the Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army, and these kids are not even close to done. I am so proud to be their sponsor,” Barnes stated.

The bell ringing concluded with a holiday lunch at Beef O’Brady’s in Midlothian.

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Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL

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