Maize High students give back to community on 9/11 anniversary

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

It's been 18 years since the world stopped.

Most of us remember exactly where we were on September 11, 2001.

But Maize High School students, most of whom weren't even born yet, stepped out of the classroom Wednesday, to give back to the community.

Wednesday morning, trash, tires and overgrown weeds covered an alley by Pawnee and Broadway.

By Wednesday afternoon, the South Wichita neighborhood was starting to look a lot different.

"We've been weed-eating, I've picked up grass and stuff off the ground, sticks, trash, taken trash out of people's yards," explains Maize High Sophomore Delaiah Willett.

For the second year, Maize High took its students out of the classroom and into neighborhoods, nursing homes and non-profits, for a day of service.

"Maize High School is just kind of honoring 9/11 by doing service groups all across City of Wichita," says Darcie Lowry, a science teacher at Maize High.

More than 1100 students took part in activities, cleaning out storage rooms, baking treats and tutoring children.

"This is to honor the fallen, the people who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, so it's just really good to help the community," says Hayden Christensen, a freshman at Maize High.

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