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2/14/06-Hawkins

East Texas High School Helps Children Wanting Adoption

There are 130,000 children in the United States waiting to be adopted. 19,000 of them will age-out of the system before finding a forever family, but one local volunteer group is trying to change that. They're called the East Texas Heart Gallery. In April, foster children who want to be adopted will have their pictures on display throughout East Texas. Students at Hawkins High School are helping out. The wood shop class is designing and building easels for the pictures.

"They look at it as a challenge," said Bob Behnke, Technology Education Teacher at Hawkins High School. "A real world application. They love doing that type of thing instead of some exercise out of a book. They are actually doing something to make a worthwhile project that benefits somebody else."

"It raises the need for adoption," said Denice Grugle, Producer for East Texas Heart Gallery. "It also makes people think about foster care, which we need more foster parents, but the need for adoption is such that these kids are looking for a forever family." The East Texas Heart Gallery will be on display in Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Paris and Nachodoches.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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