Teens Make a Difference Takes Texoma

Kids from the Wichita Falls ISD swim team helped P.E.T.S, a nonprofit Texoma with the teens make a difference day taking place across low cost spay and neuter clinic, build a fence.

"We raised $655.57. I told the kids we would have a competition between the four schools,” Oyvind Zahl, a swim coach said. “Old High Hershi Rider and Burk. Whoever raises the most money is going to get a treat. A big part of this was Gerald, one of the founders or volunteers, for this, he challenged me, if you can have the kids collect change at school, they could pay for one of these builds."

And one of Gerald's passions, getting students to participate at pets.

"When we arrived, we thought we were early, and the kids got here even earlier than us,” Anibal Guevara, a P.E.T.S volunteer said. “You can see there is a ton of them here. I don't know the exact count but there are a whole bunch of kids here man. I can't believe it. It's really and honor when kids choose to come help you out. They have done this a few years in a row now and just to be a part of it. As you can see, they are having fun and cracking jokes and learning things at the same time."

Some participating in teens make a difference saw today as an opportunity to clean up their school.

"Our school needs some more work and I thought if we could get a lot of people to come together then we could help our school look better and be better,” said Catherine Dockery, a Kirby student and volunteer.

Whatever they were doing the students were excited to be out there and have the chance to give back

 "It means a lot,” Zahl said. “I can see who is working hard, wants to work hard in practice and work hard here too. It shows them being a part of the community. It's not just about swimming and the athletics. It's also about the community."

"It's really amazing. I just love how so many people my age are able to come out and help the town, help their schools, help the community. Make it look and be better,” Dockery said


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