The Lake Shore High School National Honor Society organized a homeroom competition this fall and raised nearly $2,000 for the Joy of a Toy program for the Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team.
In just eight days the students raised the funds in the school-wide competition.
"I was looking for $500," said Erika Welsh, Lake Shore social studies teacher and National Honor Society advisor, who was impressed with the efforts of the students.
A number of students contributed a variety of amounts, including one who gave a $20 bill he received as a birthday gift. Members of the 40-student National Honor Society took the donations to local stores and purchased toys for children of all ages.
The students recently boxed and organized toys they purchased with the donations, which were picked up by MCREST.
Additionally, the students were offered a pizza party by MCREST for their efforts, which they politely declined.
"We wanted to do this out of service and we shouldn't be rewarded," said Hannah Mico, the senior president of the National Honor Scoiety.