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Flint students collect jeans for homeless teens

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(02/27/14) - Some Mid-Michigan students are reaching out to those in need - in a rather unique way.

Jeans scattered through Mary Ann Kost's classroom at Northwestern High School are not here to make a fashions statement - rather an act of kindness.

Northwestern students spent the last several months collecting the jeans to go to homeless teens.

"I'm extremely proud of them and they stepped up to the plate and it was all their initiative and that's what I teach them is initiative, to get things rolling," Kost said.

It wasn't easy to get things rolling. The students collected 211 pairs of jeans, despite a record number of snow days.

11:46:35 "I would have to say I'm not surprised because as you can see everyone here takes part in everything and they were just happy to be a part of this as well,"

"I just had jeans sitting at home, so I just decided to bring them and it was a good thing to do," said student Tierra Wright.

All donations came from their peers. Containers lined the hallways where students could donate. The collection was led by a group known as JAG - or Jobs for America's Graduates.

"I teach them employability skills, I group them to invite guest speakers, groom them to plan field trips and do tons of community service," Kost said.

"JAG has inspired me to become a better person and it's people out there who don't have everything we have, so it's better to give back to the community," said student Bryona Lawrence.

A task they've gladly embraced as displayed by this collection of jeans.

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