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St. Mary's Elementary Students Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House

A few dozen fifth graders spent the morning giving back to their community.
JOPLIN, MO.--- A few dozen fifth graders spent the morning giving back to their community. Students at St. Mary's Elementary School in Joplin visited the Ronald McDonald House. The students spent the morning cleaning and doing craft projects for the center. Students have been making this a routine for several years to celebrate their Catholic Schools Week. The Ronald Mcdonald House provides a home away from home for parents who have sick children at area hospitals.

"Gratifying to see the fifth graders come out and be excited, to be here and so willing to give of their time and help families dealing with the medical crisis of a child," said Tara Horinek, Ronald McDonald House. 

"It's just fun to help people. Just get a good feeling in your heart after you're done. Just to go home happy," said Jackson Goodrick, 11 years old. 

The students also cooked lunch and dinner for all the residents at the home. 
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