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Coronavirus: Students give back to Austin community after overseas service trip canceled

They spent Friday morning at the Salvation Army's newest shelter, the Rathgeber Center, building shelves and organizing clothes.

AUSTIN, Texas — Every year, students from Hyde Park Schools participate in "GOweek," where students from grade 4K though 12th, along with the faculty and many parents, do community service projects locally, nationally and around the world. 

"We were actually originally planning to go to Northern Ireland on a GOweek trip that Hyde Park puts on every year," said Campbell Raney, a junior at Hyde Park High School. "Because of all the concerns with the coronavirus, we had some change of plans."

Instead they spent Friday morning at the Salvation Army's newest shelter, the Rathgeber Center, building shelves and organizing clothes. 

"It's been really eye-opening that we don't have to travel to some big place," said Raney. "There's people we can help right out our back door." 

While the group of seven students spent a few hours on Friday at the Salvation Army, Raney said they also spent time at other organizations. 

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"This whole week, we've done something different," said Raney. "We've gone to the Texas School for the Blind and we went to St. Luke's on the Lake, and we got to help out with their church program."

The Salvation Army said it was appreciative of the students spending time at the shelter to volunteer. 

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