The students that make up the "Friends of Rachel" group gather in the Carbon High Grand Canyon. The group put on a toy and clothing drive for United Way. They also participated in the school Christmas tree contest with other school orgaizations to help with the United Way Angel tree program.
Two and a half years ago, Greg Stanfield came to Carbon High to take over the reigns of the school as the new principal. He vowed to make sure his students were good citizens of the community as well as good students at the school. Little by little he has been seeing the fruits of those efforts materialize.
The high school had many activities going on during this holiday season. Some were just for fun and to boost student morale, but several were meant to benefit the community.
One activity was the tree decorating and adopt a family project held in the Grand Canyon area of the school.
"The trees are something that I brought with me when I came here two and a half years ago," explained Stanfield. "What we do is we invite any team, club, office staff, custodial etc. to decorate a tree They also will provide food for one meal during the holidays and buy some presents for a family. In some cases, the club will have a set family through the Angel tree program. Then the United Way comes and gets the trees and gifts. This is coordinated through Kate Alleman. Chelsa Roberts is our teacher who coordinates this for our school."
He explained that giving back to a community is a way for a high school to show its stuff.
"To me this is a way for us as a high school to give back to the community. Because without the community, we would not be able to do as many things as we are able to do. The students have a great time doing this and the number of trees increases each year."
The Friends of Rachel group also held a toy drive, a coat drive and a blanket drive for the less fortunate in the community.
A band concert on Dec. 10 and a choir concert on Dec. 14 also presented an opportunity for the public to bring in items for the drives.
Just for fun, the school had a door decorating contest. Each class decorated their classroom door. The district office staff came over and judged the doors. Stanfield awarded the winners.