Students use skills learned in class to promote Hallelujah Project

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Students and faculty are singing the praises of a community-wide effort to help children in need.

The Hallelujah Project is Saturday at 10 a.m. in Bay High School's gym.

Marketing, Artistry, and Design, or "MAAD5," is a group of students at Bay High School who are coming these skills to promote the event.

As teacher Stacey Shanklin told us, the 5 symbolizes how the organization started by meeting during the school's fifth period.

MAAD5 is asking anyone from the community to sing the song "Hallelujah" in the gym, led by Nashville recording artists Will and Lindsey Thompson.

"It's just an opportunity to take time out of a busy holiday season to just enjoy community and to give back to the community and just relax and enjoy the spirit of the season," Shanklin said.

During the Hallelujah Project, people are asked to bring donations for causes including "Blessings in a Backpack" and Stuff the Bus, including unopened toys and snacks.

Bay High's students used their skills learned in class to create flyers and a website for the event.

MAAD5 member Mark Stillings said, "Well, last year I knew they had done some community projects and I like doing community projects and stuff that makes me feel good and I kinda like it. So, I decided, why not try it?"

Other examples of donations needed include wet wipes, plastic spoons, and canned food items not requiring a can opener.