Knox County students buy, build toys for charity

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – If you let, say 100 middle schoolers, put their mind to something chances are you’ll want to get out of the way. Students at West Valley Middle School in Knox County teamed up to be unstoppable for a good cause.

Friday was “Workshop Day” for all of Ms. Crawford’s seventh grade classes. Students have been strategizing for weeks on how to earn money and buy toys, needing to be assembled, so that the toys can be donated to Mission of Hope.

This project has been dubbed “Mission Unstoppable” and the seventh graders have been doing odd jobs like raking leaves, washing cars or selling cookies at bake sales to earn money.

“It lets me know that I’m really educating the kids and they’re getting it. That’s really what education is all about. I want them to take the lessons they learned in the classroom and apply them to the real world outside these walls,” said West Valley Middle School teacher Amy Crawford.

“Giving, is a lot more than getting. Like when you go down and you get a present from Santa, open it up, you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, I got this! I’m so happy!’ That’s good happiness, but when you give something like that away, you feel even more happy,” said seventh grader Todd Morgenegg.

“I learned to be grateful for what you have, because these kids don’t have near as much as I do and I’m lucky. This Christmas I feel like I did something differently, to help somebody else and that’s pretty much what it’s all about,” added seventh grader Ty Jones.

Students raised more than $3,000 and they partnered with Mooreland Heights Elementary to raise even more, the grand total is $3,788.

After buying toys that needed to be put together, any money left over was used to buy board games, stuffed animals, and toys for Mission of Hope which helps children in rural Appalachia.

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