LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - One group of 5th graders is on a mission to help out a younger classmate in the first grade and hopefully spread an even bigger message.
The 5th grade Destination Imagination team at Nat Williams Elementary met late Saturday afternoon to work on their challenge. The team has spent the past three years together brainstorming and presenting ideas. This year they selected Project Outreach where they must pick a need in the community and gather a group of people together to address that need.
This year, it didn't take the students long to see a need in their own school. They are helping Torrence Spence, who is fighting cancer.
Torrence is in the first grade the cancer that is in her body is behind her right eye which makes her legally blind. She also suffers from mini strokes and can only use one hand to type. When the kids asked Torrence's parents how they could help her Mom and Dad thought an iPad might be nice for her to take to the hospital for chemo treatments.
The group passed out buckets for donations from students and teachers at school. One penny at a time, they collected enough money to buy Torrence an iPad.
Torrence says she will use her iPad to play games since she cannot type. She knows her friends on the DI team made the gift a reality.
KCBD asked Torrence why she thought her friends picked an iPad for her.
"Because I can't see," said the 1st grader.
She also wanted to tell her friends in the 5th grade
The team will continue to share her story and hope to spread the message that even kids can make a difference, one penny at a time. The team will compete in two weeks and hopefully earn a spot at state, just like they did last year.
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