Jones Elementary Students to Brighten Day for the Homeless

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Sixth grade SAGE students were given a project in order to win a ticket to attend the Ted Talk at SMU. The prompt they were given was “How do you brighten someone’s day?” They had total freedom in selecting, executing and completing their project.

Brayden Smith decided his project would be to brighten the day for homeless men and women in Dallas. Brayden was concerned after reading an article in the Dallas Morning News about the increased homeless population in Dallas and Collin Counties over the past year.

Brayden packed lunches of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips and bottled water into brown paper bags with special messages written on them.

“The bags say things like “you’re loved,” “we love you,” “God loves you” to make sure they know that they have someone that still loves them and they’re not alone,” said Brayden.

“This is a great thing you’re doing,” said one man who was the recipient of one of Brayden’s lunches. “These people are going to appreciate that.”

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