Students at Westside Christian school fundraise for chance to give

       The basement of the Butler Building at the University School of Colorado Springs (USCS) was alive with students, boxes and bags of food the afternoon of Nov. 19.

Loading up food they'd bought into a box for a needy family Nov. 19 were University School of Colorado Springs students (from top) Vincent Brackett, Tyler Firlit, Sean Summers and Aaron Williams.
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       The occasion was the Westside K-12 Christian school's Thanksgiving Boxes drive by its high school students. Following encouragement from school leadership, the students had formed into groups that earned money to purchase food items for the needy, said Robin Gammie, director of academics.
       The groups combined to fill 70 boxes. Each contained $50 worth of food - mostly non-perishable except for a frozen turkey. After being packaged in the basement, the boxes were taken to the Heart of the Springs Church for distribution to families that could use the help at Thanksgiving.
       According to Gammie, the students did yard work, washed cars, shoveled snow and did other chores to raise money to buy food.

Emily Burgo (left) and Hailey Novick pack a box Nov. 19 in the University School of Colorado Springs basement. A student helps organize items backstage after the opening.
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       “We gave them a list and a budget,” she said. “If there was money left over, they could add other things they wanted.”
       The effort was in keeping with the school's belief that “a heart for missions is essential in a Christian's life development,” the USCS website states.

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