West Valley Middle School students raise money for free the children

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) - At West Valley Middle School in San Jose, students have been working on raising money for Free the Children since October.

Student Activities Coordinator Kioni Williams explained how she decided to raise money for Free the Children, 

"What we have done to raise money is we wanted to kind of capitalize on the holiday so we wanted to sell Valentine grams," said Williams.

Last year they raised money for building schools in Kenya. This year, they chose clean water and sanitation for Ghana.

"I think that We Day and Free the Children has added another component to help stress the importance of community building and community service," said Williams.

Ten-year-old Veer is a firm believer of contributing to his community. 

"It makes me feel good because I am doing something good for the Earth and doing something good to help my community," said Veer.

Williams and a few of her students at West Valley headed to their elementary school to sell some of those Valentine grams. They did a great job with a grand total of $1,222.

Ten-year-old Malena expressed her feelings about contributing to community service. 

"It just warms my heart, because when you raise money for people you just know that you're doing something good for someone," explained Malena.