Giving Thanks: High School Students Supporting Community Initiatives

Posted at 9:03 AM, Nov 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-26 09:03:00-05

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 are some more high schools featured:

Brookwood School

    - Middle school students collect cans and provide day of service at Second Harvest food bank

    - Upper school-collecting books, painted murals, and raised money for boys and girls club

    - Students painted Rescue Mission Ministries and Oak Street missing buildings

    - Adopt families in need through salvation army

    - Coat drive, food drive, Operation Christmas child

Aucilla Christian Academy

    - Student council run blood drive

    - Mission trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico

Chiles High School

    - 11th annual North Leon Relay for Life

    - Volunteer for Special Olympics

    - Boys soccer collecting teddy bears for Children's Home Society

    - Thanksgiving baskets

    - Shoreline clean up

    - Children's helpers at Springtime Tallahassee

    - Adopt a family for Christmas

John Paul II High School

    - Back to school food drive

    - Prepare and serve meals at Kearney Center

    - SGA sponsored Christmas collection

    - Day of Service in January

    - Easter baskets for children of migrant workers

    - Quarterly cleaning of Open Door Women's Shelter

    - Christmas cards to nursing homes

Gretchen Everhart

    - Junior high class sings in nursing homes

    - Participate in Stuff the Bus

    - Teachers serve breakfast to Hope community

    - Tea for foster parents