Student celebrates her high school graduation with pizza party for the homeless

A high school student celebrated her graduation with a pizza party at a homeless shelter.

Leanne Carrasco – a senior at a school in Houston, Texas – decided to give back to those less fortunate as her friends rallied around her with 400 hygiene bags for residents at the shelter, and then treated them to pizza.

She told CNN: “Not a lot of people have the same options as me. It’s not fair. There are a lot of people who need help. So I give it.”

A spokesman for Star of Hope Development Center, Scott Arthur, added: “It was a very magical day. It gives you hope for the youth of today. They (the high schoolers) were able to think of other people.”

According to the CNN report, Carrasco had volunteered before, with her family, at the Star of Hope Family Development Center. But this time was different. She enlisted a bunch of her friends and got to work.
In the month leading up to the party, they collected toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand wipes, and deodorant. They packed them into 400 hygiene bags to hand out to residents of the shelter.
Leanna’s charitable act is out of the norm for most high school leavers who often spend thousands of dollars on graduation parties. Educations and graduation ceremonies cost a pretty penny in the United States. According to a report by The U.S Chamber of Commerce Foundation, “let’s say you go to this year’s Ohio State University commencement. And let’s also say they have a pretty average sized graduating class of roughly 10,000 students. When you look out over the crowd, you’ll be looking at nearly $750,000,000 worth of caps and gowns. That’s nearly a billion dollars spent, just on the time between receiving a high school diploma and the receipt of a bachelor’s degree. And that’s just for one graduating class, at one institution.”
Having graduated from high school, Leanne is set to join Briar Cliff University and study nursing later in Fall of 2019.
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