So often, the stories you hear about high school students are negative. But the good stories--the tales of kindness, generosity, and compassion--are out there; you just have to look a little harder to find them.
Here's a recent one to warm your heart. A group of teenagers at University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy in Michigan are signing up in droves for a very unique extracurricular activity: They're training to serve as pallbearers for homeless veterans.
The students' initial plan was to carry the caskets for homeless individuals, the school's president, Karl Kiser, told CNN. But after working with the staff of a local funeral home, the students decided to narrow their focus to the largest group of homeless people in need of the pallbearing service: unclaimed veterans.
More than 50 students attended the first training session at the beginning of the month, a number that surprised funeral director Kevin Desmond, who said he expected no more than 20.
"It tells a lot about their character," Desmond said.
We concur. In between their homework, sports practices, classes, and social interactions, these kids just might be learning their most important life lessons from this praiseworthy program.