The Midlothian Junior Optimist Club along with Frank Seale Middle School student council have outdone themselves this year. The group had an initial goal to collect 10,000 Letters to Santa to donate toward the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Instead, they were able to turn in 15,522 letters.

The solid effort from the two organizations raised more than $30,000 toward the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The students took advantage of national "I Believe Day," Dec. 8, when the letters count as double the cash.

The students put in extensive work to contact all the local businesses and get all of the schools in the district on board.

Sixth-grade English language arts and reading teacher, Jennifer Barnes, who is also the student council sponsor, said, “I want to take a moment to give a huge thank you to our incredible community, friends, and family, and all MISD schools who participated in the National I Believe Campaign this year. We doubled our goal this year to 10,000 letters and ended up tripling it with 15,522 letters! I am overwhelmed with Joy and Pride in being part of this community. In total, on National I Believe Day, we have helped raise $31,044 for Make-A-Wish.”

Barnes also gave a special shout-out to Scott Bradshaw at Brooks Wester Middle School in Mansfield, as he had his classes write multiple letters to aid in the efforts.