Morgan Co. school group learning importance of giving

November 25, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Two local families will get some help with Christmas this year from the Berkeley Springs High School Student Council.

Phil Unger, the student council adviser, said the council spends part of its fundraising money on families in the community that do not have enough money to buy Christmas presents for their children.

Unger, who said the council has been doing so for about 10 years, said he worked with a local agency that recommended the families.


Each year, the student council uses the money it makes from the sale of the high school's fall sports program and advertising in the program as its "major fundraiser," Unger said.

About $1,300 of the funds will buy presents for the family members, including $200 in food for each family. Christmas dinner will have both a turkey and ham, he said.

Only the senior student council officers do the shopping, Unger said. All they are told are the gender and age of the children in the families.

"The mothers know," he said, and they provided the kids' "wish lists."

This year's senior student council members are: Amanda McCumbee, president; Jessica Beadenkopf, vice president; Rachel Coleman, secretary; Jennifer Meadows, treasurer; and Samantha Yost, public relations.

They will spend an evening at a store purchasing the gifts, Unger said, and they will deliver the presents and the food on Christmas Eve morning, Unger said.

There are about 25 student council members, who will help wrap the gifts.

McCumbee said it felt like they were "Santa's helpers."

"We get to see their reactions," she said.

They all agreed they would probably cry when they deliver the presents.

"It makes you feel really good," Yost said.

"We get the Christmas we want, and it feels good to be able to help. It means so much to the family to provide a good Christmas for the kids," she said.

Norriel Winfield, an 11th-grade student council member, is looking forward to wrapping the presents.

"It's always good to give to others," she said.

Unger said, "They work hard, and this is one job they seriously enjoy doing.

"A former student council member said this was actually better than their own Christmas," he said.

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