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Nearly 500 students at River Bluff High recycled what some consider trash into useful items to serve others.

One plastic bag at a time, RBHS juniors used their Creating Relationships Exploring Within class period to launch a service project to benefit homeless individuals in Columbia and the surrounding communities.

Twenty-nine CREW classes, made up of 480 students, learned how to crochet strips of plastic shopping bags into lightweight sleeping mats. Members of the Lexington County community donated bags, crochet hooks and their time to teach students how to crochet.

During the past five months, students collected 20,300 bags and created 29 mats for homeless individuals.

Working together for a common goal follows CREW’s purpose of developing responsibility, respect and leadership.

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