Students raise money, give back to Charleston community

A group of Charleston students has raised hundreds of dollars to give back to their community.

Student council members at George Washington High School have been working on numerous projects throughout the year to improve the community.

On Tuesday, student council members gave YWCA Sojourner's Shelter for Homeless Women and Families $500.

The money was raised during the school's winter formal and came from ticket sales.

Some of the council members said they enjoy finding new organizations to give back to in the community.

"I think it provides a really good way to help your school and help the community," said Zoya Khan, junior vice president at George Washington. "That's also one thing we were focusing on is not just helping the school, but helping the community around and being a part of that."

YWCA Sojourner’s Program Director Margaret Taylor said the money raised will go to help the shelter’s children's program.

The program has more than 200 kids with many of them going to local schools.

“We are always trying to find ways to help strengthen the children's program because let's face it, the kids are our future no matter what situation they are in now,” Taylor said.

GWHS student council members said they are planning a student-teacher basketball game fundraiser in April.

Khan said they will be choosing another community organization to which they can make a contribution.

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