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Mark Twain students collect food to benefit community

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HANNIBAL (WGEM) -- The students at Mark Twain Elementary in Hannibal are making a difference in the community.

The Student Lighthouse challenged the school to collect 500 boxed items for the Salvation Army. The students surpassed that goal quickly and another challenge came.

Building principal Tomi Lowes challenged the students to 1,000 items and if met it she would have to sit on the roof.

Cassie Sullivan is an Art teacher and the Student Lighthouse Sponsor at Mark Twain Elementary.

She said her students went above and beyond.

"Our original goal was 500 boxes to be collected in the month of April and so far we have collected 1,017," Sullivan said.

All the food the students collected will go to the Salvation Army in Hannibal for anyone in need.

Sullivan said this project is just one way they are teaching students how they can have a positive impact on the community

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