Students stepping up to help in so many ways – Orange County Register

After the devastation wrought by fires, floods and hurricanes, it is refreshing to see local students, the future leaders of our country, display empathy, concern for our environment, and patriotism.

At Villa Park Elementary, fifth-grader Emma Lara Thompson initiated a letter-writing campaign, collecting an amazing 302 hand-written letters from her fellow students to send to Houston, thanking those firefighters, police and dispatchers for their selfless service during the recent Hurricane Harvey and following flooding.

At Crescent Elementary, donations were gathered for displaced Houston families.

Last weekend, between homework, sports and activities, students from numerous schools and clubs, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, National Honor Society, Key Club and more, found time to join other volunteers to help the environment and clear trash from the beaches, local parks and waterways on Coastal Cleanup Day.

Although the students at Linda Vista Elementary were born many years after the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001, the entire student body assembled for a simple, but moving ceremony. Teachers and students, most all wearing patriotic red, white and blue, gathered around the flagpole as an honor guard from Girl Scouts  Troop…

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