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McDowell County students put math skills to use in shopping spree

The K-2 class from Pleasant Gardens Elementary School was shopping with their eighth-grade buddies from West McDowell Middle School. They were looking for personal care items to buy for more than 100 displaced teens in McDowell County. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

McDowell County students improved their math skills by going shopping. That's right. They looked for the best buys that fit their budgets.

As one group counted the number of body wash bottles in their buggy, one aisle over, another group was looking for the best bargains on toothpaste.

The K-2 class from Pleasant Gardens Elementary School was shopping with their eighth-grade buddies from West McDowell Middle School. They were looking for personal care items to buy for more than 100 displaced teens in McDowell County.

"I think its very important because the people out there that don't have a permanent home need this stuff, and I love helping people," shopping buddies Lily and Mackenzie said.

The children had about $800 in donations to spend on personal care items and a $1,300 donation from Bethel Baptist Church to buy Nike backpacks to put the supplies in.

Once the shopping was over, they did a rally dance with the employees at Walmart and thanked them for helping with their "real life" lesson.

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