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Seneca Junior High Students Feed the Hungry on MLK Day of Service

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Martin Luther King Jr. once said "Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve."  Students from Seneca Junior High are living up to that expectation spending their day off volunteering at the Salvation Army.

8th grader Kale Schrader says "Most schools are off, but helping out it's just...I've always liked helping other people, so I mean it's just fun."

Students washed down tables and scrubbed up the kitchen to serve the homeless and hungry a warm meal.

Student Council Sponsor Samantha Harr says "I'm hoping that they can see and actually interact with people that they're actually helping, that they can see that even though they're putting in a lot of hard work that it's actually going toward somebody."

Salvation Army officials say having the kids here on a holiday makes a big difference in meeting demand. They also hope they'll come away with something memorable from their experience.

Salvation Army Pastor Major Beckie Stearns says "We're hoping that they will learn that there's no face to what it looks like to hurt, to need a place to come and eat."

And students say they can see Martin Luther King's dream for a more inclusive world coming true today.

"He kind of made all of Americans and people around the world..just helped us to just share a bond with each other and not just ‘you don't like people because of how they look or something,’” says 7th grader Hannah Linders.

8th grader Shelby O’Brian says "All these years later, and like his dream like is happening right now. And we live in a world where race doesn't matter, or sexuality or anything matters, and we can all be one together.”

Besides the Salvation Army, other local organizations like Art Feeds, Rapha House and the Community Clinic of Joplin got help today from students participating in “MLK Jr. Day of Service.”

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