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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

This time of year usually brings a sense of giving for many people and one group of middle school students is getting a head start on giving back.

Fort Middle School in Muscogee County is a "Service Learning Magnet Academy" and part of their curriculum is giving back to the community. As they gear up for Thanksgiving and Christmas, the students decided to help the less fortunate have a happy holiday season.

"My students saw a news article about the Valley Rescue Mission and the shelves getting low and they needed help for the holidays. Because of unemployment in Columbus, they wanted to do something to help," explained 6th grade Social Studies teacher Jennifer Smith-Wood.

After seeing the news story, and learning about how the economy works in class, the kids got started on a plan. Fort Middle School 6th grader Carletta Williams said, "We came to the conclusion that we wanted to help homelessness and feeding the hungry."

Aundre Turner, another 6th grade student, added, "We are helping donate cans for the Valley Rescue Mission since the shelves for their stocks are low."

Their teacher says she has really seen her students put the concepts they learned in class into the project, "When I teach them about economics I want them to understand how money is earned, how it's spent, how it's saved. A lot of this hits home, I have a lot of students that have parents or a relative who is unemployed, so they understand. I was proud of them."

Just two days into the can collection, they are already overflowing with donations.

"We made flyers, passed them out in our neighborhood, got our aunts and uncles to come out and donate cans for us," explained Carletta Williams.

The students say anyone could start a collection like they did, and they were surprised to see it even paid off for them. Aundre Turner told News Leader Nine, "Its a good feeling inside to know we are all having a part in helping the homeless."

Carletta added, "Its a good feeling inside to know that everyone has come to help us."

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