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Mingo Central High students, parents pay it forward

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Mingo Central student council members pose with the 1,100 cans of food they collected to be donated to area charities. From left: (front) James Blevins, Aerianna McClanahan, Zachary White, (back) Derrick Blankenship, Chelsey Curry, Savannah Belcher, Kaitlin Davis, Bruce Gibson, DJ Corn, Alex Warden, Kristyn Johnson, Barry Hatfield, Wade Hall, Melanee Davis, Faith Hensley, Brandi Harrison, Molli Ferguson and Julius Hatcher.
Students and parents at Mingo Central High School have recently attempted to better the world around them. The teens and adults in the area took action to aid others in need through several acts of kindness.These kind-natured volunteers took it upon themselves to do good for total strangers. If we all performed daily tasks like these, the world might really be a beautiful place.First, student council members came together for a canned food drive to help Jacob's Well and a Mingo County woman's shelter. In total, 1,100 cans were collected for the causes."It made me feel like I did something good, something meaningful," said junior student council member Zachary White. "I hope our act of kindness inspires all those in the community to give back, too.""When we did the food drive, I felt that it reflected a positive image of Mingo Central, and it was more than worth it in the end with such a great outcome," said sophomore student council member Kaitlyn Johnson.
Student council members were not the only generous group in the area, though. The school's basketball players also decided to take action when others were in need.The Mingo Central basketball team's effort, spearheaded by assistant cheerleading coach Teresa Cline, and with the assistance of countless others in the community, was to collect bottled water, hand sanitizer, napkins and many other supportive products for Sissonville when the water in their area was contaminated.Not only did they supply such necessities, but after the game, all of the Sissonville jerseys were washed by Mingo Central parents. Their hard work paid off when the school received a letter from West Virginia Senator John D. Rockefeller acknowledging them all for their efforts.Though groups conducted these caring deeds, acts of kindness do not have to be done in large groups. There are little things everyone can do to make the world a better place, whether it is collecting canned food for those in need or simply picking up litter on the side of the street.Every little thing makes a difference, which is something to keep in mind when considering a pay-it-forward endeavor.
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