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Is This the Most Charitable High School in America? (Video)

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Kids in Chicago won pop star Rihanna's school charity contest for this amazing video.

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Kit B (276)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 5:39 pm
The Barrington High School cheerleaders created Gigi's Cheer Gems to give children with Down Syndrome the opportunity to become cheerleaders. (Photo: Barrington High School/YouTube)

Chicago's Barrington High School, known for its charity work, will get a visit from pop star Rihanna on Friday.

The teens won the singer's school charity contest with an inspiring video highlighting all they've done over the past three years.

This high school goes above and beyond to give back. They've raised $700,000 for the American Cancer Society as well as funds for GiGi's Playhouse, a charity for kids with Down Syndrome. They traveled to Joplin, Missouri, to help with tornado relief efforts and led a campaign against the 'R' word in their community. In the past year alone, the teens completed more than 45,000 hours of community service.

The submitted video was produced by kids in the television production class and uses the tune of Rihanna's song "Diamonds."

***See VIDEO Here at VISIT SITE *****

The charities featured in the video meant a lot to the students. Peter Chung, 16, told TakePart he had a very personal connection to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event that they filmed. "My mother has cancer," he said. "This is a very important cause to me."

Chung said he was inspired at the event after seeing, "how much faith and hope" the participants had.

BHS-TV teacher Jeff Doles told TakePart that he feels lucky to be among students and teachers who believe in "paying it forward".

By: Jenny Inglee | Take Part |

Sharon W (4)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 5:45 pm
What is the R Word?

Pat B (356)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:22 pm
Sharon, the 'R' word is "Retarded", and is used in a negative, demeaning manner towards people with disabilities, or others. Kit, this is a wonderful video, and I'm passing this on to friends at my (old) school). This should be emulated by other districts for helping others. What a great group of kids too.!! Thank you for this post.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday March 22, 2013, 7:15 am
Barrington is beautiful!

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Friday March 22, 2013, 8:31 am
signed noted and shared,thank you!

Kit B (276)
Friday March 22, 2013, 8:34 am

I had two reasons for using this story one is clear - this should be in every high school and to some degree in every school in the United States. If we want good citizens then we must teach by example.
There is a second reason - but no one has noticed that yet.

Lynn D (0)
Friday March 22, 2013, 8:39 am
Delightful way to give back --- Cheers to all who make this happen!

pam w (139)
Friday March 22, 2013, 9:23 am
What an AMAZING culture of involvement and charity fostered in this school! I'm overwhelmed, Kit...and so proud of these kids.

Living here in So. California, I was struck immediately by something which never, EVER happens here. It's in the faces of these students.....I didn't know there still ARE places where everyone looks alike!

Kit B (276)
Friday March 22, 2013, 9:28 am

Yep, watching that I thought it was whiter than my high school, and that was fairly white, maybe not as white as some back then because the military did pay for out of district tuition. There is money in that school, and parents with money. Money that can pay for trips, money that helps raise donations.

Still I do believe this should be used as a model for all schools, get the students involved with their own communities and helping others.

paul m (93)
Friday March 22, 2013, 9:47 am

nice one

Varcolac V (93)
Friday March 22, 2013, 12:22 pm
I love this kind of news!.

Winn A (179)
Friday March 22, 2013, 2:01 pm
Wonderful, WOW!

Christeen A (370)
Friday March 22, 2013, 2:05 pm
Kudos to each and everyone of them. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Bruno Moreira (61)
Friday March 22, 2013, 2:50 pm
noted thanks

Birgit W (160)
Friday March 22, 2013, 6:58 pm

Wendy C (67)
Friday March 22, 2013, 7:57 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 3:06 pm
The best lesson in the world is the one where children learn to care about others. Thanks for the story.
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