Students participate in annual March for Life

By Denise Jackson

January 22, 2014 Updated Jan 22, 2014 at 9:21 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A group of Tazewell County students did not let the tornado's impact stop them from participating in the annual March for Life Protest.

As part of their civics lesson, students at St. Patrick's School in Washington collected a record $7,000 worth of baby food. Each year they team up with Tazewell County Right to Life in the effort.

Before delivering the baby food to three Peoria area social service agencies, the students stopped by Congressman Aaron Schock's office in downtown Peoria.

"We just decided to give back to the community since so many people had helped us. We figured that we would help other people," said 7th Grader Nicole Mickels.

"Several area churches surpassed what they had given in the past including my own parish St. Patrick's in Washington," said Tazewell County Right to Life Spokeswoman Kay Grillot.

Congressman Schock was out of town but the students did talk with his staff.

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