Teen spirit raises funds to help those in need

Stu­dents here recently marked the accomplishments of raising over $17,000 in about five weeks prior to the Christ­mas break, substantially more than the original goal of $15,000.

The annual Warm Winter Wishes campaign completed by the business students at Wellington Heights Secondary School raises funds for Christ­mas presents and hampers for area families.

This year, presents went to 106 children in 50 different families. Seven area schools were included and gift purchases totalled $12,000. Nearly $2,500 filled grocery carts for the families, and the remaining money was divided equally and distributed to schools for breakfast programs. Students did num­erous fundraising activities, including a polar bear plunge, chili cook-off and video game competition.