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Champlain College students lend a helping hand

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Champlain College students got a lesson outside of the classroom on the topic of giving back.

Retail management students paired up with Edible Arrangements to prepare and serve a meal for the Salvation Army.

Teachers say one of the core pillars in their curriculum is community service and teaching students how businesses can team up to make a difference.

The Salvation Army serves 100 meals a day, and is always looking for extra hands to help.

"There is more to school, and having fun outside of school. Working with people and giving your time is really important. It helps them in the future to be really successful," says Alison Estey with Champlain College.

"We rely heavily on our volunteers and groups like this. We would never be able to do what we do six nights a week without volunteers like this," says Cpt. William Thompson with the Salvation Army.

Captain Thompson says there is no shortage of volunteers during the holidays, but when they really struggle is during the summer months when they see an influx in patrons and a drop in volunteers.

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