Rachel's Challenge students got a kick out of helping Hurricane Sandy victims

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by LaSalle Blanks, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 7:41 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH-Some Va. Beach students working to stop bullying took time out to help people they don't even know - survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

"I feel we did very well," said Jake Hornum, a student at Princess Anne Middle School.

They put their best feet forward, so to speak, with a kickball game and fundraiser that included special guests Olympic gold medalist and Portsmouth's own LaShawn Merritt and the 13News Daybreak news anchors.

Merrritt jumped at the chance to help out. For him, the cause was personal.

"I had an aunt in New York who's house got messed up pretty bad because of flooding," he said. "But she got though it.  This really touches home for me."

The kickball event was put together at the last minute and is proof of how powerful kids can be when they come together for the good of others.  At last check, they raised about a thousand dollars from Wednesaday's event..

Teamwork, respect, and acts of kindness are the hallmarks of the Rachel's Challenge program.

"It brings such joy that our children would come together to support their community," said Veronica Hornum, a volunteer at the event.

The kickball game was kids vs. the teachers, but the real winners were the Sandy victims hundreds of miles away.

"I hope we can raise even more money next year," Hornum said.

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