Misha Whatley and Niketa Hughley paused in Anniston High School's hallways to see what their hard work led to.
The seniors gazed at a poster showing the 168 gifts bought with money they raised for Toys for Tots.
With beaming smiles, they high-fived.
"We did it," Whatley said.
Their efforts were part of a busy holiday season at the high school as students offered a hand to local community service projects.
"We teach more than reading, writing and arithmetic," said Melinda Hicks, an Anniston High math teacher and sponsor of the school's chapter of national math honor society Mu Alpha Theta.
"Giving back to the community starts when you're a young adult."
The math honor society students raised about $250 in a week last year, mostly from patrolling the school for loose change donations.
This year, the group's 14 students — plus Hughley, who volunteered on her own, Hicks said — began their efforts around Veterans Day and tripled last year's haul.
Donations went to Ginger Bunn, who set up her store as a drop site with the Marines, who organize the toy drive for needy children each year.
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