Richmond Middle School led all area schools in collections for the Salvation Army’s Kettle Clash.
According to Salvation Army Council member Jerry McCarter, the program was developed this year with the hope it becomes an annual event.
All four schools raised more than $860 towards the Salvation Army’s goal of $25,000 for the holiday season.
McCarter said in an email to The Daily News that school administrators were receptive to the idea.
“We approached the school administrators and they took a hold of the idea and ran with it,” he said.
Richmond Middle School raised nearly half of the total and Sunrise with about $114.
McCarter said other youth groups such as 4-H and church groups also have had a hand in helping raise funds and said this program shows that area youth can be empowered to do good.
“This seems to me as a special event because our ‘mind’s eye’ pictures the older people ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army,” he said in the email.
McCarter said the Salvation Army would have a special recognition for the winning school