Students, teachers donate items for holidays

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 03:07 PM.

Riverside Principal Marline Van Dyke has noticed the swelling need.

"We have probably added 400 students this year," Van Dyke said. "Our school nearly has 1,000 students and 60 percent of them are in poverty."

Students and teachers collected 350 gifts for 37 students, as of press time, Richards said in an email. Each student will receive 10 Christmas gifts.

In addition, students collected 2,500 canned goods, following the lead of Shoal River Middle School student Trevor Bryant, 14.

Trevor introduced the idea to Riverside faculty and staff as part of his Mustang Learning Community project. The MLC encourages students to participate in community service projects. His church, Victorious Life Worship Center, also participated.

Most important to Trevor was the result.

“There won't be as many hungry people in this community,” he said.

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