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KTIV’s “Making a Difference” winners announced

(KTIV) – Three Siouxland middle schools make a difference in their communities and, today, they get rewarded for it.

KTIV held a contest called “Making a Difference.”

We asked area middle and junior high schools to submit video applications outlining how their students were “Making a Difference” in their schools and communities.

The three selected schools are: Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools-Sacred Heart Center in Sioux City; Kingsley-Pierson Middle School in Pierson, Iowa; and Alta-Aurelia Middle School in Aurelia, Iowa.

On Friday, KTIV’s Matt Breen went to each of the winning schools to let them know they won.

Each school gets $1,000 and a trip to Arnolds Park Amusement Park for every student in the school.

Sacred Heart School is “making a difference” in many ways.

Students took part in several service projects throughout the year.

The Kindergarten through 2nd-grade students visited nursing homes to Trick-or-Treat, sang Christmas carols, played bingo, read books, and did crafts.

The 3rd through 5th-grade students also spent time brightening the days of nursing home residents, helping the American Red Cross, and cleaning up baseball parks.

The 6th through 8th-grade students volunteer at STARS camp, Mid-Step Services, Opportunities Unlimited, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, and Camp High Hopes.

They have also done school-wide collections to benefit Mercy’s Child Advocacy Center, cancer patients, Jackson Recovery, the Sioux City Gospel Mission, Siouxland Soup Kitchen and hospitalized children

The entry from Kingsley-Pierson Middle School showed how students made a difference in the life of one of their own.

Ryan Bubke had to have brain surgery after a seizure in February of 2018.

He was diagnosed with A-L-D, which is a fatal genetic brain disorder that destroys the protective sheath surrounding the nerve cells, which allow us to think and control our muscles.

The students made, and sold, “Bubke-Strong” t-shirts to support the family.

They also hosted a benefit breakfast for the family and organized a school-wide sendoff for Ryan, and his family, when they left for their “Make-A-Wish” trip to Hawaii.

Students at Alta-Aurelia Middle School set their video to music.

They even composed the song, and lyrics, to explain how they’re “Making A Difference.”

They’ve done food drives to collect food for those in the community, supported Down Syndrome awareness, mentored elementary school students, and collected socks for the less fortunate during a school dance drive.

The students are also part of the school’s award-winning marching band and jazz band.

When it comes to grades, the sixth-grade students’ average GPA is 3.49, the seventh graders have an average GPA of 3.25, and the eighth graders average 3.35 on the 4-point scale.

Tia Heidebrecht

KTIV Executive Producer

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