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05/09/08-Longview

Tatum Students Clean Up City

Classes were out at one East Texas school today so that kids could make a difference in their community. The entire student body of Tatum high school learned a lesson in how to give back and take pride in their town.

"I think it's really good to give back to the community and help others," says Tatum high school junior Whitney Sanders.

From raking leaves, to weeding, to painting, over 400 kids from Tatum high school spent the day out of classes, and improving their neighborhoods.

"I think it was just a great opportunity to get everyone together and be a school organized thing, and we go out and people see the hard work and sweat," says senior Brittany Williams.

It was called project stepping out to help others, and for kids it was a welcome chance to ditch classes and get outside.

"Well its better than class I mean we're out here in the environment you know doing whatever we can to help," says Tatum senior Dameion Donovan.

8 different teams, wearing different team colors, fanned out across the city. But there was a more important lesson being taught.

"The sense of accomplishment, they can drive by these places in the next couple of weeks and say I helped clean that up, makes them see a little bit different," says Tatum high school assistant principal Gary McClure.

And giving back to their community, may be a lesson they won't forget after today.

"This is my home I love this place" Sanders says.

The program was organized as a relief for students, after a recent TAKS test.   

Bob Hallmark reporting/bhallmark@kltv.com

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