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Local children have made big contributions to community

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

They may be small in stature, but Brunswick County schoolchildren have proven they have big hearts and can make significant contributions to this community.

During the last few months, students at schools throughout Brunswick County have been doing good deeds by taking part in selfless acts of giving to others.

There are too many school-wide projects to mention them all, but among some of the many, many projects completed by students just before and during the holiday season are:

• At Belville Elementary School, students collected 1,383 canned goods and donated them to Brunswick Family Assistance.

• At Union Elementary School, students collected more than 3,000 pounds of food. That food was donated to Brunswick Family Assistance just in time for Thanksgiving.

• At Shallotte Middle School, students collected 5,500 cans of food and $760 in donations. Their collections were donated to the Seaside United Methodist Church food pantry and Brunswick Family Assistance.

• At Bolivia Elementary School, students collected 700 pounds of food to benefit the food bank at Love of Christ Church in Bolivia.

• At West Brunswick High School, students are thinking ahead to May for the community’s annual Relay for Life event. They started fundraising at the end of 2008, and so far have raised a couple thousand dollars for the cancer-fighting event.

• At Virginia Williamson Elementary School, students were inspired by a project where they were asked how they would give away $1 million dollars. They ended up collecting school supplies—instead of having an annual Christmas party—to give to a church-run school that collapsed in Haiti in November.

Across the county, students have also been giving back to their schools by participating in various fundraising activities that help fill school coffers.

Students are also showing they care about people who live and work in Brunswick County by sharing their talents with them. From acting to singing, students have showcased their many abilities in everything from concerts to plays, all for the community to enjoy.

These young people are an inspiration for others in the community. They are learning at an early age just how important it is to think of others. Adults in the community have responded as well, digging deep this holiday season to help some of the many charities in Brunswick County that have fallen on hard times.

Hopefully, it’s a trend that will continue year-round.

May we continue to learn lessons from these students who have invested their time and talent in so many projects. Giving—no matter how big or how small—makes a huge impact on where we live.