CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte students get a jump start on the real world.
Juniors at the School of International Business and Communication Studies at Olympic High are working on a special project called "Teens Getting Involved in Filanthropy" or TGIF.
Each group of about three to four students choses a specific non-profit to raise money and volunteer. Monday morning groups gave presentation update on their progress.
Some students have filmed commercials and established websites for their projects. Others are planning big events like walk-a-thons and trips abroad.
Charities involved include the SPCA and Habitat for Humanity. Teacher organizer, Jennie Morris, said the project is real learning experience for students.
"When they have projects that they're working that has something to do with the real world and the outside world they start to see more clearly why English and some of the other things they're working on are applicable to their lives, she said.
About 30 eleventh graders at Olympic High are working on the project. At the end of the semester, students will give a final presentation to parents, community members and CMS officials.