Super Teens Give Back

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Super teens giving back to their community celebrated at Parkersburg City Park for Regional Leadership Day.

"It gives me a great opportunity to like, show how much we care and how much we try to improve leadership and community service," says Drey Newland, a sixth-grader at Edison Middle School in Parkersburg.

Students from eight county communities are represented -- including Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood.

"A lot of times you don't really think about bringing regional students together because they have their individual schools," says Nancy Creighton, children's outreach liaison at Westbrook Health Services. "But by bringing them together, we're strengthening the entire region, not just one portion."

Instead of focusing on what kids are doing wrong, STARS (Super Teens Achieving Regional Success) focuses on what they're doing right. Kids thinking of others and giving back to their community.

"Food drives, some of them have collected clothing, some of them have worked on projects for the homeless and we've been impressed with every single project and with the enthusiasm. It's just a really great learning experience for them," says Liz Ford, marketing coordinator at Westbrook.

In the spirit of service, student's projects also honor our veterans since April is the month of the military child.

"Plants are honoring military kids, like how they have to deal with the wound from their families," Newland says.

It's about giving to those who could use a helping hand.

"There's a lot of needs in our community so I think it's important for everyone to do their share and for us to put forth some time and effort to help somebody else," says Madison Matheny, an eighth-grader at Edison Middle School.

The students worked on service projects of value to their individual communities.

Then they came together to celebrate the success of their program and plant flowers at city park.

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