Exceptional middle schoolers in Flower Mound give back



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Posted on November 12, 2011 at 12:00 AM

FLOWER MOUND - Thanksgiving will be a good one this year for a lot of North Texas families, thanks to some middle school students in Flower Mound and Rachel's Challenge.

Just over a thousand students attend McKamy Middle School. They are 6th through 8th graders.

That's an an awkward age. They're no longer little kids, dealing with more school work and more social pressure.

However, the Rachel's Challenge group at the school is putting strangers first. They're collecting food for families they don't even know.

"This makes me feel good when people smile and try to help other people," said sixth grader Anna Jackson.

The food drive has been going on for a month and a half.

They've brought in more than 3,300 pounds of canned goods and it's still coming in.

Grace is amazed, I guess because there are so many kids who brought cans that care. And when people care like that, it's a really good thing.

They're doing this in memory of Rachel Scott, the Colorado teen killed first in the the Colombine shooting in 1999. She dreamed of starting a chain reaction of young people helping others.

In a few days, all the food collected here will be added to food drives at other Lewisville ISD Schools.
The group Christian Community Action, which will distribute the donations, estimates 1,600 families will be fed.

Sherry Fulford works with the Kids.

"McKamy can help other people," Fulford said. "A lot of kids are involved in it and they really get a lot of out of it. It means something to them. I am so proud of my kids."

So are we at WFAA.
They've finished with the canned goods, but they have more helping projects planned.

It is great to see young people helping others. It's the core idea behind Rachel's Challenge and our partnership with the organization.

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