REED CITY — Two Reed City High Schools helped spearhead efforts to make Christmas a little brighter for 11 of their fellow students.

During the Jan. 23 meeting of the Reed City Area Public Schools Board of Education, RCHS Principal Monty Price highlighted the effort of students Jessica Satterlee and Brianna Woodard, social studies teacher Chris Schermerhorn and their group, Santa’s Helpers, which helped provide a happier Christmas for some of their peers.

“I’m very proud of this group and what they did,” he told board members. “Usually when people think of the holidays, they have the perception of gift exchanges and family celebrations.

“The reality in our district is there are kids whose holidays are the exact opposite, with struggle, stress and depression, unfortunately.”

Price said Satterlee and Woodard wanted to make a difference in the lives of their fellow students and were able to raise funds by selling paw prints, can drives and other student organizations.

“They were able to raise $600,” he said. “It may not sound like very much, but with an experienced shopper like Ms. Schermerhorn, they were able to find some very good Black Friday deals and saved a lot money to purchase a variety of things to change the perception of 11 of their fellow students.”

Schermerhorn explained the group was able to purchase things like clothing, winter jackets, school supplies and books.

“This is an example of kindness and compassion,” she said.

Schermerhorn added the group also was able to provide a pizza party for a special education classroom.

“We didn’t have a lot of money leftover, but we were able have a pizza party for those students,” she said. “Many of those students spend all day, every day in that classroom, and we wanted to do something special for them, something fun.”

Satterlee and Schermerhorn received certificates from the board. Woodard was unable to attend Monday’s meeting.