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Second graders do their part to help the homeless

From News Herald

12/8/2014

Second graders at Quest Charter Academy in Taylor are changing the world one pair of underwear at a time.

The classes are collecting socks and underwear for homeless shelters in Detroit. Youngsters are bringing in new, packaged socks and underwear in all sizes for men, women and children. After the drive ends Dec. 5, the goods will be distributed to people in need at Detroit homeless shelters.
A TV news report about homeless people sparked the effort in second-grader Carolynn Craft’s mind.
“Carolynn told me her class was learning about making a difference,” her mother, Cindy Craft, said. “She asked me if she could change the world one pair of underpants at a time. We often take for granted the simplest things like a nice clean pair of dry socks or fresh out-of- the-dryer panties.”

The drive’s progress is being tracked on a clothesline in the school hallway. For every five packages a class donates, a sock or pair of underwear is hung on the line.
The children also will earn a little something for their efforts. The teacher whose class collects the most will win $200 to spend as a class for a reward such as a field trip, pizza party or classroom supplies.
“I am proud of Quest Charter Academy for these teachable moments,” Cindy Craft said. “I am proud that the kids haven't yet lost the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
“Never underestimate anyone because of their size or age. This is such a simple idea from such amazing 7- and 8-year-olds."

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