The season of good cheer is also the season of “lots to do,” even for high school students.

But with semester exams looming and sports, fine arts and service projects under way, some of the busiest Harker Heights High School students stayed after school recently to thank some special supporters.

Student Council, National Honor Society, Student 2 Student, Health Occupations Students of America and other service-minded organizations got together to prepare Christmas cards for soldiers.

The groups wrote out greetings and sealed envelopes with peppermint candy to go to 530 members of the 2nd Special Troops Battalion of the 1st Cavalry Division, the school’s Adopt-A-School unit.

Senior Anna Jordan, NHS president and part of Student 2 Student and Student Council, led the project.

The daughter of a soldier, Jordan said the project was personal.

“It’s to say thank you to our unit who adopted us,” she said, pointing out the contribution the military makes all year.

“We want to thank them for their service,” said senior Josue Orozco, who is part of Student 2 Student. He said he was impressed with the soldiers for their willingness to serve far away, missing holidays with family.

Principal David Manley thanked the students for their labors of love, saying that the weeks leading to semester exams and the year-end break are busy for them, particularly those who tend to take the lead on campus.

“I like helping with the community,” said Jordan, who will be involved in efforts to raise goods for homeless students and benefits for the Leukemia Society and Peaceable Kingdom. “I think everyone is responsible to have some commitment to the community.”

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