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Students show best way to improve your life is by improving others’

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DELHI, NY (WBNG) -- Two Delaware Academy students saw a need in their community and decided to do something about it.

The seniors created a program to fund clothes for less fortunate students, and it's made a difference in unexpected ways.

Kolby and Xavier were juniors last year when a teacher challenged them to do more in their community, but what they've accomplished since has challenged even that teacher's sky high expectations.

The two originally came up with an idea to do a sock drive to help elementary students, but soon realized they could do much more than just that.

They went to local businesses in delhi to raise funds to purchase any kind of clothing students of all ages may need. In the year and a half since their project started, the two of them have managed to raise more than two thousand dollars.

According to them, the best part is they'll never know who they've helped.

"That way when kids don't have clothes at home and they don't feel like telling anybody because they feel embarrassed, we don't need to know either," said Xavier Gardepe. "It's just between the one teacher and Ms. Losie so they can supply the student with that stuff so they're not made fun of. We're not about that."

Even though they're both graduating, both Kolby and Xavier told me they hope to see the program continue next year.

Despite the fact they've managed to raise the money, that isn't the thing their teacher is most proud of.

"I think that in school we focus a lot on the education aspect of somebody's life and not necessarily them as a whole, and I want them to realize that they have so much to offer, not just as students, not just in this case as mechanics, but as people. They're good people," said Abby Losie, an English teacher and the program coordinator.

Josh Rosenblatt

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