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Veritas Christian Academy students give back to the community

Students and staff from Veritas Christian Academy are discovering the importance of giving back. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Students and staff from Veritas Christian Academy are discovering the importance of giving back.

A group of sixth-graders, who volunteered at MANNA FoodBank, counted and bagged hundreds of apples in the agency's warehouse in Asheville.

The students spent the day serving their community as part of an annual event in which kids from Pre-K to seniors served 10 nonprofits, like Operation Christmas Child and Eblen charities.

"We just want to be a part of the community and not just always be in our school," sixth-grader Hannah said. "Just come out and help out and not just think about ourselves but other people."

Teachers said it gives the students a chance to help those less fortunate.

"This hits home when they actually start to do this and then we go back and talk about it and they realize they have made an impact in the community," history teacher Frank McHone said.

This is the fifth Serve-A-Thon for the students and staff at Veritas Christian Academy. More than 350, students, faculty and parent volunteers took part in the event.

"It's pretty fun each year," William, a sixth-grader, said. "And we get to help the community, and we're all having fun together."

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