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The Hot Springs Middle School student council presenting Chris Martin, of the Hot Springs Food Pantry, with the proceeds from their December dance. 

The Hot Springs Middle School student council made a donation of food and funds to the Hot Springs Food Pantry this past Thursday. 

All the donations were from a middle school dance the student council held in December. Attendees were given the option of paying their entry fee with a canned good or fee. The result was around 80 cans and $192 for the food pantry. 

The student council deliberately waited to donate its proceeds until February. Food pantries receive many donations during the month of December and generally experience a lull in the following months. 

Student council adviser, Stacy Cope, shared her vision of the council's community responsibilities, "I believe the student council’s roll in the community should be one where students develop civic mindedness and social responsibility skills. Our overall goal for the students is to become more aware of what our community needs." 

She added, "The projects council members sponsor throughout the year engages them with community members, creates special bonds with community members and increases their social awareness and responsibility.  Helping others teaches students the true meaning of paying it forward."

Past projects included: working with Seven Sisters Living Center, sponsoring Thanksgiving food baskets for families in the district, sponsoring the Seven Sisters Christmas Angel Tree and donations to the Veteran's holiday Relief Fund. 

This week the student council is sponsoring a food drive for the Battle Mountain Humane Society. 

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