NILES -- It's been about a decade since Brandywine Elementary School teacher Carol Christner first began incorporating service projects into her curriculum.
Since that time, through projects such as an annual holiday food and clothing drive, she
has tried to instill in her
sixth-grade students the importance of helping others through tough times.Last year alone her
students collected more than three tons of food and 160 boxes of clothing for Brandywine families and other local charities.
class hope to see him back at Brandywine soon.And until that time she
says they plan to keep in touch with him.
Eleven-year-old Chelsea Ravish says she
is glad for the chance to encourage Kyle and collect donations for strangers.
"It feels nice to help other people," she
hopes the things her
students have seen and done will have a long-term impact on them.
"Because if they can learn to give a little of themselves to others, they're going to make good citizens," she