QUAPAW, OK.--- Seniors at Quapaw High School experience the benefits of paying it forward.
"This community has given us a whole lot of things, so we gave back to the community," said Matthew Price, Quapaw High School Senior.
The students were surprised Friday afternoon when a $35,000 check was presented to them to use for their senior trip.
"It felt good to know that our, we helped out, and our community has again returned and gave back to us," said Price.
Earlier this week, they canceled their trip to Dallas, Texas and donated the $2,000 to community tornado relief efforts in Quapaw.
"I think we knew that they needed it more than we did. They're all salvaging as much as they can and we didn't really want to go on a senior trip while they're home picking up stuff, so we're going to stay home," said Zayariah Sargent, Quapaw High School Senior.
When some of the surrounding communities heard about the students giving up their trip, they couldn't resist returning the favor.
"I thought it was such a generous donation on these kids behalf and my thoughts are, as a community, we don't need to let them go unnoticed, that act of kindness," said Chuck Stotts, Miami Wal-Mart Supercenter Manager.
All 33 seniors agreed it's a moment they'll never forget.
"It's amazing. We just thought, you know, giving it to the community, we didn't think anything in return," said Price.
Donors say these students set an example even adults should follow.
"It's just a wonderful thing to be able to take care of these kids who took care of their community," said Stotts.
The $35,000 donation was given to the Quapaw High School seniors by 15 various tribes, businesses, and individuals.
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