The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettles and the Ringing of the Bells have become synonymous with the holiday season, and this year, the tradition takes on a modern twist in the Carrollton community.
Carrollton High School’s computer science students spearheaded the development of a user-friendly website for the Ring the Bell campaign.
The platform enables volunteers to conveniently check availability for volunteer opportunities, select a time slot that suits them, and upon submission, receive a calendar invite and a reminder email the day before the event. This digital solution replaces outdated record-keeping methods, freeing up time for Salvation Army volunteers to extend their support to more individuals in need.
Vito Cappiello, a student in the computer science pathway and a participant in the Work-Based Learning program at CHS, served as the project manager for this initiative, overseeing all aspects of its development.
“I loved working on the project,” said Vito. “It was cool to be able to create something that will help our community.”
Mason Scoville, another contributor to the project, volunteered through CHS’s Computer Science Club.
CHS Work-Based Learning Coordinator Kasey Austin expressed gratitude to the Salvation Army for partnering with the school.
“Thank you to the Salvation Army for allowing us to partner with them to create relevant and meaningful work for our students to apply their skill set and find value within the industry,” said Austin.
CHS boasts over 100 Work-Based Learning students engaged in jobs and internships across Carroll County, earning high school credits while gaining real-world experience.
CHS computer science teacher Robby Blakemore emphasized the educational value of solving authentic problems through partnerships.
“Anytime you can partner with an organization and provide a real solution to a real problem, that’s a win in the classroom,” he said.
The Ring the Bell Campaign by the Carrollton Salvation Army is now accepting volunteers through Dec. 23. To sign up and support this initiative, visit sacarrolltonga.org and look for the Ring the Bell campaign. The funds raised during this event contribute to one-third of the total needed to provide for families throughout the year.