A Christmas stocking collection campaign for The Salvation Army, coordinated by the Smithsburg High School Life Skills class, far surpassed expectations.
For two weeks in November and two weeks in December, students in the class, supervised by instructional assistant Debra Neal, solicited participation by all classes at Smithsburg High.
Neal, Life Skills teacher Paul Newman and the students expected to collect about 50 to 75 stockings filled with toys and essential items for needy children and families.
The effort generated 240 stockings filled with items and another 50 gifts too large to fit in stockings. Additional contributions came from Smithsburg Elementary School and Marshall Street School.