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Peoria middle schoolers spend morning giving back

PEORIA (WEEK) – More than 300 Peoria middle schoolers spent their morning at different non-profits across Central Illinois, all in the spirit of giving back.

It’s all part of Washington Gifted Middle School’s annual Help-A-Thon.

Kids took their talents across the area to help with clean up projects, meal prep, sorting donations and much more.

Students asked their family and friends to sponsor them for the volunteer work and that money raised will be used to fund field trips and technology needs at the middle school.

Kara Hoffman, a sixth grader at the middle school, said the day makes her feel accomplished by serving those in need.

“It makes me feel great because I really do like helping with the community,” she said. “I like giving back to it as well and it’s just a lot of fun and I’m happy that so many people wanted to help that our whole school got into helping.”

After their different volunteer activities, the students reflected on their different experiences. The superintendent said they hope this will foster a continued desire in their students to help their community.

Jason Howell

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