FAIRLAND - This is the 7th year that the Fairland High School Student Council has raised money to fund their annual Toys for Teens program.

This year a local family lost everything in a fire, and the Student Council decided they were going to adopt the family and help them get a start at replacing all they lost.

“They raised over $600 through donations from various business, such as First National Bank and Grand Savings Bank, as well as their own families,” Fairland High School teacher and sponsor Alisha Brodrick said. “They bought Christmas for the family, as well as household items to get them started. They split into four groups and then went shopping at Walmart. They were so excited, and it wasn't for them.”

Brodrick said the students' generous effort is an example of teens wanting to do good and exemplifying positive character traits and kindness.

“I took them to El Vallarta after and they were polite, said please and thank you and made sure they tipped,” Brodrick said. “We hear about all the kids who are doing wrong in today's society but these kids, my kids, understand and are doing right. They understand giving and what this season is about.”

Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at mstotts@miaminewsrecord.com or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.