A group of Nebraska high school students learned a valuable lesson outside of the classroom Thursday.
Students from the West Point area were at Omaha’s Open Door Mission helping the organization prepare for the cold weather. The students were donating their time, helping out by putting coats and sweaters on hangers so those in need can choose from the donations.
For some of the students, it was an eye-opening experience. “Learning more about what people have to go through, I mean how well we have it, it’s really, I don’t know, it’s just so sad,” said Jacie Kubik.
"I hope they take with them some empathy and understanding of the fact that things not always given easily to people and we need to do what we can with the resources we have to help others,” said teacher Leslie Kreikemeier.
The 42 students were from West Point Beemer, West Point Central Catholic, Howells Dodge and Tekamah-Herman high schools.
Meanwhile, members of Phi Beta Sigma will be taking on the windy, rainy and cold fall temperatures Thursday night in hopes of seeing lots of visitors with donations for the Open Door Mission.
The fraternity will post up in the PETCO parking lot at 72nd and Dodge starting at 9 p.m. and will stay there until 5 a.m. Friday.
Donations of clothing and non-perishable food items will be accepted throughout the night.