Giving Thanks: Leon County Students Give Back

Posted at 10:31 AM, Nov 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-26 10:31:00-05

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 a look at some more high schools:

SAIL High School

    - Hope community warm clothing drive

    - Served at Black Cats & Old Dogs dinner

    - Girls on the Run mentorship program

    - Robotic team volunteers at local events

    - Volunteered at Second Harvest on Tuesdays

Maclay School

    - Dance Marathon for children's miracle network

    - Strides for Seizures benefiting the epilepsy foundation

    - Christmas miracle even benefiting families in need

    -- Fundraisers benefiting the Refuge House

Rickards High School

    - Dinner for Big Bend Cares

    - Toy drive with Soul Santa

    - Coat giveaway

    - Chorus group giving away blankets

    - Spanish classes have pen pals in Mexico

Leon High School

    - Cancer fundraiser raised over $20,000 for THM Cancer Center

    - Dance Marathon raised over $13,000 for Children's Miracle Network

    - Leon Ladies of Distinction sponsoring families for Thanksgiving

    - Pierian members reach 200 hours of free tutoring to Leon students

    - SGA sponsors Christmas tree lighting ceremony for Boys Town

    - Students donated canned foods for homeless