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Students learn to give back through spare change

Booker T. Washington Elementary School students raised money to help homeless students.

Students at Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Las Cruces have learned how to give back no matter what background they come from.

"Booker T. Washington is one of the poorest schools in the district," Marci Dickerson, founder of charity Revolution 120, said. "I think it's so beautiful they're teaching these children this, that even no matter if you don't have much, you can do something."

The school organized a change drive called "Pennies for Piggies." Students raised about $330.

"We are responsible for giving back and helping others, so if they learn that at this age, they'll continue to use that throughout their lives," Vice Principal Amanda Castillo said.

A charity, Revolution 120, did a two-to-one match, bringing the total amount raised to about $1,000.

That money purchased socks and underwear for about 500 people. It'll be donated to Project Link, which helps homeless students at Las Cruces Public Schools.

"The spirit of giving and being able to give is not just about the money and the people who have money," Dickerson said. "It's about that anyone can do it."

Castillo hopes the school can turn "Pennies for Piggies" into an annual event.

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