South Tahoe High School students learn about giving, charity |

South Tahoe High School students learn about giving, charity

South Tahoe High School students spent the past few weeks collecting toys, food, money, even blood.

Student organizations including Active Christian Teens, the California Scholarship Federation, Leadership and the S Club held a variety of charity drives just in time to bring some holiday cheer to those in need.

“We’re taking canned goods over to Bread and Broth,” said Student Body President Ryan Gleason. “We’ve collected over 100 toys to donate to Christmas Cheer and 90 pints of blood during the blood drive.”

Gleason said the four clubs pulled together to make this year’s charity drives a success.

“The leaders of all four groups got together and we formed an action plan and decided what we wanted to do,” he said. “With the help of (Leadership adviser) Bob Grant and (Vice Principal) Mark Romagnolo, we called the blood banks up and told them we had a lot of eager students who wanted to donate blood. All day the library was filled with students giving blood.”

Amber Ward, a member of the California Scholarship Federation and Active Christian Teens, said both groups she belongs to joined forces to collect money for the “charity jar.”

“The jar is getting heavy but we won’t know how much money we have until (Friday, Dec. 22),” she said. “The money is going to needy families in the community for Christmastime. The jar is getting really full, so I guess people are responding to their inner desire to be charitable.”

Ward said students also brought a plethora of toys to the Viking Television station, which will be distributed to children over the holidays.

“I think it’s necessary for high-schoolers to give back to their community,” she said. “I think the community sees high-schoolers as punk teens, so it’s important we show them they’re wrong and show we do care about things other than what color of lipstick we’re going to wear that morning.”

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