MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - It's not hard to find Michigan students of all ages volunteering to help others during the holiday season. Here are a few examples from media reports throughout the state:

  • Central Michigan University students helped collect toys, clothing and household items on behalf of about 900 families in Isabella County.
  • Muskegon Mona Shores High School students "adopted" 29 families for Christmas, collecting money, toys, toiletries and clothes for the recipients.
  • Seven West Michigan high schools participated in radio station WGRD's Holiday Break-In program, in which students "break in" to homes to decorate and leave gifts and treats behind.

Trisha Nutt, a Grand Haven High School special education teacher and freshmen student adviser, told the Grand Haven Tribune that the students took charge of the event.

"It means a lot to know that there are students who enjoy doing things for others," she told the Tribune.

SOURCES:, "CMU students help Isabella Co. families' Christmas," Dec. 24, 2009, "Mona Shores students demonstrate the true meaning of Christmas," Dec. 22, 2009

Grand Haven Tribune, "GHHS Student Senate brings Christmas to Coopersville family," Dec. 21, 2009

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "The Importance of Character," Jan. 8, 2007