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Highland Village second graders give back

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McAuliffe Elementary School second graders in Highland Village.
McAuliffe Elementary School second graders in Highland Village.

Second graders at McAuliffe Elementary School in Highland Village are teaming up with a local restaurant this month to do some good in the community.

The students and their parents came together at the beginning of the school year to form a plan for the kids to give back and decided to make a difference in two ways: To help someone and to give their time and effort to a good cause.

“We ran into several roadblocks because of their ages (7 and 8),” said parent Melissa Gomez. “They were not allowed to volunteer at most places that were requesting help, and they had little or no money to donate to anyone.”

Then the students learned about Amanda Thomas, who is battling against a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer.

“We found out about Amanda’s story through a friend and the kids were instantly touched by her story because she has a son who attends Marcus High School,” said Gomez.

McAuliffe is a Marcus feeder school and Marcus athletes regularly volunteer at the school.

So, the parents reached out to Fresco’s Mexicana on FM 407 to see about allowing the kids to collect money for Amanda at the restaurant.

Fresco’s came up with something even better; offering to donate 15-percent of the total food bill to Amanda and her son for everyone who comes in and mentions Amanda on Wednesday, November 18th.

In addition, the students are also collecting crayons, coloring books, arts & craft kits, activity books, playing cards, puzzles & games for the children at Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas. A collection box is located at Fresco’s through the end of November.

Scottish Rite Hospital is a leading pediatric orthopedic and learning disorder hospital. They see over 300 patients a day for services made possible because of donations from the community.

The students will put together gift bags and deliver them to the children at the hospital in December.

“We are blown away by Fresco’s willingness to help the students and community in such a big way,” said Gomez.

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