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Group of 6th graders being honored for child abuse prevention

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An exceptional young girl, along with several of her classmates, is to be honored Tuesday night for the incredible work they do to help abused children.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and a handful of sixth graders are doing their part.

"I think every kid should lead a normal life and since every kid doesn't have that opportunity, we want to help the CAN Council try to achieve that," said Caris Cancelli, with the CAN Committee.

Caris is anything but normal for a sixth grader. She's on a mission to help other kids and it all started after a visit to the Child Abuse and Neglect Council.

"I looked in the cupboards and they were just bare. So I took it to my school and since then have been collecting for the CAN Council," Caris said.

Every year Caris selects people to be on her CAN Committee. They plan fundraisers and collection drives throughout the year to help kids who are abused and neglected.

"If I were in their position I would want help with my life, having a hard life like them I can't even imagine," Caris said.

The group of sixth graders is being honored by the CAN Council as the volunteer group of the year.

"We need everyone to do what they can. There is a role for everyone to play in stopping child abuse. Caris saw that need, she got her friends involved and now they really do make a difference," said Brendan Ittner, with the CAN Committee.

This year the group collected 300 Christmas presents to give to child abuse victims.

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