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DECA Club helps with two projects

Students make-a-muscle pose in support of the work of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The DECA Club at King George High School has helped several groups recently.

On Dec. 12, the club donated $2,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Chapter members collected coins and held two running events to raise money. Students also showed their support by being photographed in their “Making a Muscle” pose.

The project was directed by students Anna Kniceley and Madison Mading and supported by community businesses.

The week after the school shootings in Newton, Conn., students, led by Lauren Hornbaker, decided to have a fundraiser for those affected. She announced her plans to the school, to collect stuffed animals, Hershey kisses and cash donations, and there was a positive response even though the students only had a week before holiday break for the project.

Hornbaker and her family delivered the collection—13 bags of animals, a box of chocolate kisses and more than $300—to Newtown. They placed the box of chocolates on the sidewalk with a sign that stated, “Love from King George High School in King George, Virginia.”

At the town hall, the Hornbakers found a group giving out stuffed animals and shared their collection with them. They also donated the cash.

“The most touching part was seeing all the love and support from all across the country,” Hornbaker said.

Collage shows the various donations of support to people in Newtown.