By Rose L. Thayer

Killeen Daily Herald

Students from Bangs High School visited Killeen Monday to perform volunteer work.

The school's National Honor Society sent 41 students to work at the Killeen Food Care Center and the CenTex Humane Society as part of an annual trip.

"We go to a different community every year," said Linda Lawrence, honor society sponsor.

She said they chose Killeen because it was only a couple of hours away. Then they contacted the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce to determine if there was a need.

"Basically, we are upholding the principalities of the National Honor Society and to help out the community," said Andy Zambrano, a junior, after finishing up work at the food center. "It felt like the right thing to do to come and help these people who help the community."

The students helped at the center's resale shop, sorting through 122 bags and determining what was trash and what was usable, said Carmen Rivera, resale shop manager.

"It was wonderful because it takes away from my time with the customers to do this," she said.

Over at the animal shelter, 11 students walked, cleaned and fed the animals.

"It feels good," said Zambrano, of completing the volunteer work. "It's hard to describe really the feeling of knowing that you've helped somebody. It's a wonderful feeling."

It wasn't all work, though. Students spent Sunday night at Parrie Haynes Ranch after rock climbing in Harker Heights. On Monday afternoon, they were able to cool off in Long Branch Pool.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

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