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Chester students help classmates in need

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CHESTER, VA (WWBT) -

A group of students at Thomas Dale High School has one purpose, and that purpose is to help any student who walks the halls in need.

Taylor Trueheart is a member of "Knights in Need", which just began at the school in December. It is made up of students and some faculty members, who like Taylor, want to help fellow classmates who need the "basics"- like food and toiletries.

Once a "Knights in Need" member finds out what another student desperately needs, the group works hard to deliver in a discreet manner.

Some of the group members have been a little surprised at just how many students go without food and items many others take for granted. School leaders say this outreach group was formed to make sure students are academically successful.

"You cannot be successful in class if you're hungry. You cannot be successful in class if you haven't had your basic needs met. We need to support those who are in crisis or who are struggling," said assistant principal Amanda Voelker.

The "Knights in Need" members plan to create a complete resource center for students and their families in the future to meet whatever needs they may have. However, for now, the students are just doing what they can to help.

"It's cool to be able to just know that you're doing something good for somebody else that you may not even know, or you may know them, you're just helping them out, and it's really cool to be able to help in any way possible," said Trueheart.

The students plan to hold a "Knights in Need" pep rally at the school's home basketball game against Monacan on February 8th.

Donations of any kind are accepted, including non-perishable food items and clothing. Please contact Thomas Dale High School for more information.

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