Sydney Marriott, West Nodaway fifth grader, is shown with some of the more than 150 items she collected for the Children and Family Center, Maryville. Sydney was inspired by a counseling class to start the week-long project to give back to the community. She also raised $104 for the center.

“Everyone talks about helping, but don’t do anything about it,” she said. “I called my project New Beginning to give people at the abuse shelter a chance to start a new beginning.”