Pressure : 29.97 in
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Harvard student makes music for Make A Wish
You hear the older generation say it all the time: "Young kids these days don't get it. They only care about themselves."
But, travel to Harvard Public school and your opinion might change as students there are giving back one penny at a time, including a sophomore going above and beyond for the cause.
16 Year old Zach Faltys loves to sing and play his guitar.
"I have enjoyed it since childhood, it's something that is a good coping mechanism for me," said Faltys.
Whether you stop by the local gas station or restaurant, chances are good you'll see Zach with pick in hand.
"He's extremely active in the musical one act, band, choir," said Harvard Student Council President Riley Gallagher.
Zach got his first lesson at the age of 10 and hasn't put down his guitar since.
"It's just something I've done growing up. I wouldn't call it a talent," Faltys said.
Another passion for Zach has always been giving back.
"He is always a very giving person," said teacher Shelly Chlopek.
So Zach decided to join in when Harvard student council decided to have a friendly competition.
Classes squared off in a penny war for one week with proceeds going to the Make-A-wish Foundation.
"How their life can go from how they feel kind of low to the amazing feeling of happiness they get is awesome," said Gallagher.
The more pennies you collect the more points you receive. While some students were collecting change from under their couch, Zach didn't have to look far for his money maker.
"I got a lot more compliments than I did cash that's for sure," said Faltys.
"He walked up to our bucket where we throw all of our money and he's just throwing in tons and tons of money and I just looked at him and, I'm like, where are you getting all of this money?" said Gallagher.
One chord at a time, one dollar at time Harvard sophomore Zach faltys was able to raise over $60.00 for the Make A Wish Foundation. Through the snow and the wind it was all worth it because this cause is close to heart.
"If you've ever really contemplated some of these diseases these children deal with you kind of wonder what it's like to be in their shoes," said Faltys.
In one week students raised $278. And, it turned out to a memorable competition no one will ever forget.
"We always tell the kids be a leader and get involved in our projects this was such a unique way that it just made you smile and shake your head," said Chlopek.
"Just helping people, being there for people in need and a lot of class competition came into it too, I'm not going to lie," said Faltys.
Now in addition to the $60 Zach collected he made an additional $40 the day News 5 followed him around. That brings his total to over $100.
Nebraska student councils across the state raise nearly $60,000 a year. The younger generation is showing they know how to give back.
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