The students at Elphinstone Secondary School took in more than $7,000 after expenses from their work on the ninth annual Festival of Lights at Tim Hortons/Wendy's.
Students spent much of the Christmas season getting ready for the annual Christmas tree decorating and lighting event, for which they supplied the trees and signboards.
They also decorated windows of the restaurant and performed during the Festival of Lights night Dec. 5.
And some students created metal Christmas trees to be decorated and sponsored by local businesses.
Their efforts paid off with dozens of Christmas trees and murals and a nativity scene sponsored by local businesses and community members.
"We had a wonderful time doing it, and it was such a great thing to look at all winter season," said Elphi principal Deborah Palmer.
Palmer said the money raised was handed over to the Elphinstone Parents Advisory Committee, which will decide how the funds should be spent.
"We have been talking about getting an electronic sign board for the school for a long time, so it may possibly be put toward that," Palmer said.