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Hazard students donate their own money for service projects

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Where would you turn if one of your family members became sick and you suddenly could not pay your rent?

A local high school is probably not the first place that comes to mind. But some Perry County students are stepping up to help in a big way.

Every month, a collection box is passed around from classroom to classroom at Hazard Independent High School. Students voluntarily pitch in their own money.

"This is what we're known for," senior Adam Abbott said. "We don't do it for pride or recognition. We do it because we're kind-hearted and we know it's what we're supposed to do."

The money, as it has for the past two months, will go to a local couple who cannot afford their rent or bills. The students give freely even though they do not know the names of the people they are helping.

"Even if we don't know that it's really helping, we do know because of how much effort and stuff we do put in it," junior Tori Wells said. "We know it will help them."

Natalie Morton, another junior, added, "We can just trust that it will go to a good cause because everything we do always goes to something that's going to benefit the community or people in the community."

The couple receiving the money did not want to do an interview or give comment.

"No other school in the state or maybe in the nation does anything like this," Abbott said as we walked down one of the school's hallways, collection box in hand. "We are Hazard High School and we're all about community service and helping other people, not just ourselves."


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