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Elementary students mark 100th day of school by giving back

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ABILENE, Texas - Abilene Christians Elementary School students celebrated their 100th day of school by giving back to the community.

Students at the school have been collecting items to donate to Abilene Hope Haven, an organization that helps the homeless.

Each grade collected 100 each of a different item that someone experiencing homelessness might need, from toiletries like toothpaste and shampoo to stuffed animals and socks.

The second grade class delivered the donations to Abilene Hope Haven Tuesday morning.

We spoke to second grade teacher Lyndsey Steffek who says that the experience teaches kids a valuable lesson.

"Teachers want to make sure that students are thinking not only about self but about others and so this gets the kids out into the community which allows them to know that they have an impact in the community even though their young and their children, they have an impact in the world," Steffek told KTXS as the kids carried their donations into Abilene Hope Haven.

The donations coincide with a new program being launched by Abilene Hope Haven in February that provides temporary housing for the homeless.

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