(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A group of Central High School students in the DECA program are paving the way for students and their futures by helping Edison Elementary students practice reading and writing on Wednesday.
A literacy project created by Central juniors Keerat Athwal, Jenna Cripe & Sydney Wetlaufer hope to make a lasting impression on today's youth.
"They're gonna be our future so if we work with them now it's only going to help them out more later in life," Athwal said.
To be a DECA student at Central High School means to prepare yourself for the business world and to emerge in society as a leader.
"They look up to us and so it's kind of a moral obligation to to work with them and make sure that they know that there's role models out there that they can look up to and that we're here to help them," Athwal said.
"All of us read obviously everyday but we don't really realize how important it is and that's something that we definitely want to instill with the kids that this is a blessing that we're able to read everyday because there are kids who don't get to and we want to make sure that it's an integral part to their education," Cripe said.
Cripe, Athwal & Wetlaufer hope that they make a mark on St. Joseph like a bookmark in a children's book.
"I think reading opens up a lot of opportunities to understand and help kids where they want to go in life and it's always beneficial to start earlier in elementary school right now," Wetlaufer said.
Central DECA students are also organizing a book drive during December.
Any books collected will be donated to the kindergartners at Edison Elementary so they will have books to take home and read before winter break.