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Students at Hernando school reach out to help others

By Chip Washington - bio | email

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - As many schools reach out to help those in need around their local communities, students and parents at one Mid-South middle school are helping people inside their own walls.

This time of year, giving is the reason for the season, and for the faculty and students at Hernando Middle School, this will be a very special Christmas for those who need it the most.

School counselor Tajuana Williams came up with the idea of helping students inside the school have a good Christmas.

"Our parents experience job losses, home losses, divorces in the family, and I realized that a lot of our students would not enjoy Christmas thru gift giving this year," she said.

And because of that, the Angel Tree was born, and the response has been overwhelming.  The concept was to have two lists, one for absolute necessities for the students in need, and the other a wish list.

Principal Paul Chrestman said the community went above and beyond.

"They would go out and buy a child an MP3 player or...a video game, something just to make it even an extra nice Christmas for them," he said.

Dodie Copeland is an active parent who jumped at the chance to participate in such a worthwhile effort.

"You're talking about kids that asked for binders, pencils for basics, and no one should have to ask for that," she said.

School officials said this is the first time they have done such an effort, but it won't be the last. Students and their parents will receive the gifts on Friday, but will not know who they came from.

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