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Olathe West students 'Give A Hoot' about community

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Posted at 4:40 PM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-13 17:52:11-05

OLATHE, Kan. — A group of students at Olathe West High School raised more than $12,000 to buy gifts for kids this Christmas.

Angela Holtgraves is the Center Based Resource teacher at the high school. Since April, her students have been collecting donations to stuff stockings for children battling cancer at Children's Mercy Hospital.

"These guys rise to any challenge you give to them and they are the hardest workers you're ever going to find," said Holtgraves.

Their efforts are part of the school's "Give a Hoot" campaign. A month long initiative to get students involved in the community.

Holtgraves and several of her students are cancer survivors. She said they know what it's like to be stuck in the hospital. Her students are passionate about the project and hope the gifts will bring some Christmas cheer.

"You're never going to really forget you have cancer or have had cancer, but this gives you or even your parents just a few minutes of a lot of joy and happiness," said Holtgraves.

Thursday, students filled 120 stockings to be delivered to the hospital.