Students staying up all night for charity

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

SHERMAN, TX - Most of us associate all-nighters with college students, but tonight, one group of fifth and sixth grade boys are staying up all night at Dillingham Intermediate.

Usually students don't want to spend their Friday night at school, but a special group of boys are doing that to it’s to help a national charity.

"It’s a big help for us because we can get things done in advance and it’s something we won't have to do onsite," says Laurie Mealy, the executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County.

Habitat for Humanity builds houses in short periods of time for deserving families, and Mealy says the group is always in need of help. Tonight, she's getting it!

A group of 5th and 6th grade boys at Dillingham, along with their teacher, Sharla Mullens, are staying up all night at the school to help out.

“They can't work on site so Laurie and her husband brought shelving here for the boys to paint," says Mullens.

Mealy says its a not safe for youth under 16 to be on-site when power tools are in use, "So these kids will set up and paint and we'll be able to use them in the house and we don't have to worry about liability or them getting hurt."

Trenton Riley is one the boys staying the night. He says, "I think I'm helping people by ...shelves in the new house in Sherman for a lucky couple!"

Mullens says she may be crazy for staying up all night with a bunch of boys, but she knows the service project will really do some good. "They are so willing to do whatever they can to help out and its great that can learn at this early of an age what an impact they can have on the community."

Besides volunteering, each of the boys also paid $25 to stay the night, all of which goes to Habitat for Humanity.

Mullens says just in case her principal is watching, the boys are being good.

They plan to wrap up their project by 9 am Saturday.

If you would like to learn how you or your school can help out, visit for more information.

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  • by Mullen's fan Location: Sherman on Apr 21, 2008 at 06:58 AM
    My son was lucky enough to have Mrs. Mullens as a teacher! She is such a great mentor. For those of you who don't know her, she is an outstanding educator and so much more. She goes way above and beyond the call of duty! Mrs. Mullens we love you!!!
  • by Op Ed Location: Texas on Apr 21, 2008 at 06:08 AM
    Kudos to the teacher that is showing these kids about being a part of the community and the value of volunteering. It give them a sense of ownership and responsibilty to be allowed this role in such a worthwhile project. I hope other teachers take a page from this teacher's lesson plan! Congratulations to Ms. Mullens for going above and beyond the call of duty!!
  • by Made My Day Location: Madill on Apr 19, 2008 at 01:38 PM
    Way to go kids! In life you find you cannot give it away; the more you give, the more it comes back to you. You are our future !
  • by Mary Location: Sherman on Apr 19, 2008 at 07:45 AM
    That's wonderful. So many kids don't know what it's like to give or help someone you don't know. My kida have learned that from a very early age. Bravo to the teacher that stayed up with the boys all night.
  • by ethan Location: sherman,tx on Apr 18, 2008 at 09:12 PM
    WOOHOO I WAS ! OF THE KIDS ^_^!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
  • by i was there Location: shermanh on Apr 18, 2008 at 08:48 PM
    dude this is an awesome night so far it is 10:45 and we are still going strong. it was worth the $25 to stay!!!! Charity was probably the highlight of the night
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