Giving Thanks: A Look at Teens Helping the Community

Posted at 8:46 AM, Nov 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-26 08:46:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- A Sunrise tradition continues this Thanksgiving, giving a special shout-out to so many high school students who are giving back to our community.

John and Jane Marks joined us on WTXL Sunrise to celebrate high schools in Leon and surrounding counties.

"During the holidays, we like to give special attention to these high schools for service projects that extend anywhere from organizing toy drives to donations or special projects," said Marks. "Students in our community understand the importance of giving and have done so in multiple, multiple ways and this morning we are going to start by showcasing as many high schools as we can and some of their efforts. Some you'll be surprised at and some you'll know that your own teenager has been involved in."

Here's the first group of high schools highlighted:

Thomasville High School

    - Habitat for Humanity

    - Hands on Thomas County

    - Relay for Life

    - Jeans for Teens

    - Special Olympics

    - DFCS Christmas

    - Shoebox Christmas

    - Goodwill project that supports Shop with a Cop

    - Canned food drive

West Gadsden High School

    - Sponsor a family for Thanksgiving and Christmas

    - Provide them with food and gifts

    - Sponsor a Toys for Tots drive

Godby High School

    - Key Club adopted a road

    - Created basketball team for special needs students

    - Winter clothing drive

    - Dodge ball game to raise money for homeless

Lincoln High School

    - Key Club collected over $320 during trick or treat for UNICEF

    - SGA sponsored a veteran for Honor Flight with plans to sponsor more

    - Battle of the bands will raise money for Heart Center at TMH

    - SGA setting up for Toys for Tots


    - Volunteered at Wakulla day care centers

    - Juniors and seniors tutor elementary students

    - JROTC hosts job fairs, parade positions for veterans

    - JROTC Stuff the Bus for Christmas