Students learn about helping community by ringing bells for Salvation Army kettle

Dec 13, 2016 | by Don Felice

bainbridge-student-bell-ringersBAINBRIDGE, GA (December 13, 2016) – A little bit of change can make a big difference.

Kids and teachers at Jones-Wheat Elementary School are seeing that firsthand with the school's own Salvation Army kettle drive.

Students from pre-K to fourth grade rotate to ring the bell at the kettle in front of Jones-Wheat's library. After starting last Monday, the school has already filled up one kettle with more than $150 and are well on their way to filling a second one.

"They see adults ringing the bells, but they always never knew why," JWES Principal Larry Clark said. "We just wanted to bring it closer to home for them, teach them the importance of it, so when they do see that, they understand exactly what is going on. We have talked to them about how the salvation army makes donations to those that are homeless and help out people in need."

After visiting the snack bar, the students take what change they have left and put it in the kettle. Parents and teachers are also bringing money to add to the pot.

"I love teaching the younger generations to give back to their community," Salvation Army Director Stacy Warren said. "It's great to see them engaged and giving back and understanding the importance of what that means to support the community they are a part of."

Other schools, including Bainbridge High School, have set up a kettle and are collecting donations through Friday, the last day of school.

"It feels great," Clark said about JWES raising money that goes back to those in need throughout Bainbridge. "But mainly, it's teaching our kids the importance of giving back."

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