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Local Chamber Of Commerce Helping High School Students Who Are Homeless

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 Homelessness is affected dozens in teens in one local school. But a business organization has come up with a way to help them.  NewsChannel Six's Dee Griffin has the story.

    North Augusta High School is home of the Yellow Jackets and a safe haven for dozens of teens who have felt the sting of homelessness.
 Each day, students are crossing paths with social situations that have resulted in their departure from traditional home life. But, North Augusta High administrators are taking steps to help those who can't help themselves. "Students just can't get a book bag sometimes or school supplies or dufflebags. Say if they are homeless for a short period or they're moving from sofa to sofa they can actually house all of their things together," says Kathy Mottel.
     Mottel is a Career Specialist at North Augusta High School.  The SPARK program, which stands for Supporting Promising Achievers With Rewards And Kindness, was spearheaded by the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce and its women in business committee.
By teaming up with North Augusta High School, the women in business want to raise awareness of teen homelessness while increasing donations to provide for teens in need. Jessica Hanson of the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce explains, "since it's local and it's our community I decided that this would be a really good way to give back."
    North Augusta High School has a roster of more than 14 hundred students. While the school doesn't have any hard number on teens who are without a permanent home, the Chamber is raising money to provide for 50 students this Christmas. "A lot of people don't know that it's a problem and so now that we are aware we want to do everything that we can to support these students and make a life a little bit easier," says Hanson.
     By keying into ways to better the lives of students, administrators hope it will set more North Augusta Yellow Jackets soaring into a brighter future. "If we can provide the tutoring that they may need or the extra help they may need for school supplies or housing then they are going to feel safe and come back and they're going to graduate.  That's what we hope for," adds Mottel.
     The campaign to raise money for the holiday ends tomorrow, but, you can still donate to the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce.
     The chamber plans to raise money for students pay for their graduation cap and gown.    
    To donate, contact the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce at (803) 279-3737 or go by the office at 406 West Avenue in North Augusta.

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