Durant-Turri-Mott students take part in Global Youth Service Day.

Published: Apr. 8, 2019 at 6:46 PM EDT
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(04/08/19)- Global Youth Service Day is happening this Thursday.

It's a day that encourages young people to give back to their community by volunteering.

During lunch Monday at Durant-Turri-Mott Elementary, students were not focused on chowing down on their favorite foods.

Instead, they focused on making a difference.

The students made blankets for the homeless.

"Even if they are homeless, they can still have warmth, as a family and a home," said 6th grader, Saniyah Goadney.

"We're looking at future leaders," said faculty adviser Felicia Naimark.

She said the students came up with the idea.

"They felt that there were a lot of homeless people that they see on the corners or outside of the buildings on their way to school and out in the community and they said we need to do something for that."

The project was funded by a grant through the United Way.

The students will make about 25 blankets that will be donated to the North End Soup Kitchen.

"I've had these kids for about 6 months. I know the majority of them, but it was really fun to get to know the ones I didn't know and understand their passion for helping people and I thought it was great.," said Ameri-Core Vista's Olivia Rutherford.

About 30 students will spend one day at a soup kitchen to help serve meals.

"Because it's a good way to help people," Goadney said.

Naimark says she's proud of who these students are now, and who they might one day become.

"Sometimes we worry about the younger generation but I think we are in good hands, at least with this group," Naimark said.