CHS leadership students collect 3 tons of food, clothes for needy classmates

Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM.

"I want to cry," she said. "This is the first time I've seen so many kids throughout the whole school this involved in something."

"This is incredible," choral music director Kevin Lusk said. "In all the (20) years I've been here, I've never seen anything like this."

Students donated sacks of potatoes, bottles of juice and soda, and frozen hams and turkeys, in addition to the 6,000 canned foods and cash contributions.

The teenagers used the money Dec. 18 at the Crestview Wal-Mart, where they bought 10 shopping carts full of laundry soap and personal hygiene products.

Students at neighboring Davidson Middle School launched a clothing drive. Soon, cartons of donated clothes were wheeled into the high school cafeteria, where leadership students waited to unpack and fold them.

"It feels so good to give back to the community for people who are less fortunate, especially at Christmas," senior Emily Parker said.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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