Johnsburg Central students ring the bell for the Salvation Army

QUEENSBURY - Seven members of the Johnsburg chapter of the Junior National Honor Society (JCS NHS) visited the Aviation Mall on Dec. 12 to ring bells for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign.

The Red Kettle Campaign helps to raise money for local families and individuals who receive assistance through the Salvation Army.

Ninth grade NHS members Ethan Cooper, Colleen Fuller, Mikayla Glode, Lydia Knickerbocker, Jonathan Ordway, Shannon Ovitt and Kayla Williford were joined by fellow ninth grade volunteers Thomas Wilson and Chet Prouty as well as tenth grade volunteers Gabby Heir, Stephanie Lawrence, Johanna Harvey, Lindsey Comstock, Sierra Galusha, Emily Davis and Kayla Tyrel.

"They braved the harsh temperatures and bustling crowds to do this and they did a great job," said NHS advisor and chaperone Jodie Seymour.

Seymour was joined by chaperone Shelley Fuller, who is a teaching assistant at JCS and parent of member Colleen Fuller.

The student group treated shoppers with a helping hand and the sounds of some of their favorite Christmas carols. As members of the NHS, they are dedicated to upholding its core values of scholarship, character, leadership, service and citizenship.

JCS students are required to have at least two volunteer hours a month and this project served as their hours. They all, however, willingly attended.

"The students were surprised by the generosity of the shoppers," said Seymour. "It gave them a chance to see all the fun we have when we give back to our community."

The JCS NHS would like to extend a special thanks to Johnsburg Central School for providing the transportation, Anna Goodman for making sure they arrived to and from safely and to Shelley Fuller for sharing the chaperoning duties.

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