KERSHAW, S.C. -- Students at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Kershaw have spent a large part of the school year learning about more than math, reading or science.
They’ve been learning about Rachel’s Challenge and spreading her message of kindness.
“I thought it’d nice for people to learn to care for people and not be mean to them,” said Dakota Roberts, a student at Andrew Jackson Middle.
Roberts and his classmates have been showing kindness by recognizing veterans in their community, volunteering with Operation Christmas Child and sewing hats for folks so they can keep warm in the winter.
They also raised money to help the Kershaw Area Research Exchange or KARE through the “Warm a Home, Warm a Heart” program.
“We raised money in homerooms and all of the money was going to KARE in Kershaw and it would provide people with heat who can’t pay their power bill,” said Marci Morrow, a student.
Her teacher was impressed.
“It warmed my heart to see how the kids just gave of themselves,” said Lynn Kelley, a teacher at the school.
“We raised $2,563 dollars,” said Paris Clyburn, another student.
“When children come to you and tell you that they spent their allowance that they were saving to buy a new video game instead of spending it on that, they donated it because there are students in their own schools who don’t have a warm home for the winter… it just really lets you see that the climate is changing around here,” said Kelley.
She added, “It’s just really nice to see them stepping out and really they are making a chain reaction.”