April 13, 2017 at 5:00 am | Staff Writer RYAN COLLINGWOOD
COEUR d'ALENE — A group of Woodland Middle School students visited the Union Gospel Mission on Wednesday, their attention locked to the testimony of a former drug addict.
The woman had lost everything, including custody of her two oldest children. She wore a smile when sharing her unfortunate story, though, thankful for the shelter's recovery program.
When the students' tour reached its lunch break, they sat with the woman in the cafeteria, engaging her as if she was one of their teenage peers.
Earlier in the day, those kids, members of the Grizzy Leadership Organization program, donated a check to UGM for $500, the funds coming from their community fundraiser project.