Middle School Students Give Back

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Earlier today, a group of Ishpeming students had a chance to give back to the community in a special way.

Some of the school's students with special needs participated in this year's Salvation Army bell ringing at Jim's IGA in Ishpeming. Despite the chilly weather, students and their teachers spent part of their day singing Christmas carols, wishing customers a happy holiday, and taking donations. The two groups of students ranged from sixth through eighth grade.

Teacher, Ashley Hoyag says the class first participated two years ago, and despite missing out last year, she hopes to make it a tradition in the coming years.

"Every December, we do a whole unit on traditions, and we talk about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, all different things," Hoyag said. "I (also) wanted this to be one of our traditions, so yeah. Giving back to others."

These Ishpeming students are finished with their bell ringing, but that doesn't mean the Salvation Army's season to donate is over. Expect to see the red kettles out until Christmas Eve.

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