Woden students help family of 11 move into new home

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Cassandra Washington stood silently as donated furniture was unloaded by Woden High School students into her family's new home.

Realtor George Barham provided the four-bedroom trailer with one month's free rent. Plenty of space for Washington and her 10 children.

"I just want to thank everybody, everybody that's been helping out," Washington said. "Mainly Woden ISD, you know, they've really come through."

Woden ISD did show their school pride in the right way. Students are learning the importance of taking care of their neighbors.

"If this had happened to me I would want the community to help me," student Donald Stricklen said. "So I felt it was my part to come together and help the community."

"We're just learning the fact that everybody has to work together in the community when something happens," student Justin Johnson said. "You can't just not ignore it and dig your head into the sand and act like nothing happened. You have to go out there and try to help."

Sometimes the lessons learned outside of class are the ones that benefit a student the most.

"It's been really good for the kids and the family and the kids in the community to learn how to give to others and pass it forward," said Stacie Luman Moorman, the school nurse. "You know, when you're blessed, you need to pass it on and try to bless other people."

Washington knows her children have learned a valuable lesson as well this week.

"Be thankful for, you know, what they had, what we had and you know, what people have done, so hopefully they'll take this lesson so they can help other people as well," Washington said.

Washington says she'll spend the weekend making her new domain look and feel like home.

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