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Tea students know it's better to give than receive

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 One of the great things about this time of year is how the generous spirit of others shines through.

 A 3rd grade teacher in Tea thought she would use the holiday season to teach a lesson about what it means to serve others.

 She found out....her students already knew.

 The Empire Mall....one week before Christmas Eve....and these kids are a mission.
 They have money and they want to buy buy buy...but none of it, will be for them.

 "We're helping a refugee family with one year old twins and a mom and a dad....and they moved from Nepal." Haylee Fickbohm is a 3rd grader at Tea Intermediate School.
 She and the rest of the kids in her class decided that this year instead of raising money for a class holiday party, they would take the money and help a family in need.
 Kristen Peterson is their teacher. "The idea really came from just a spirit of generosity and caring." Peterson suggested the idea of adopting a family, as it went along with their social studies lessons about immigrant families.
 It may have been her idea, but the kids have really run with it.

 "Pots and pans, silverware, clothes, napkins." Maddox Styles is wishing of some different things for Christmas this year....knowing it is all meant for someone else.

 "I have such a terrific group of students this year who have generosity in their hearts and wanted to do something for a family in need."

 And if there was a test for this lesson, we think the kids passed. Easily.

 "So what do you have to say to other people that want to help people out in this case?"
 "That you should try as much as you can to help them out."

 Everything the kids bought at the mall tonight will be turned over to their immigrant family on Thursday.

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