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Student battles blaze's aftermath with bottles

While the money was being collected, Barnes said she was not exactly sure what she would be using the money to purchase.

"We didn't really know what the needs of the family was," said Stephanie. "They lost everything in the bedroom."

So Barnes thought about the things that she would need if her belongings were lost in a fire and decided those things could be purchased at Wal-mart.

"Any clothes or beauty supplies are there," said Barnes, who bought the family a gift card with the money she had earned.

Tedisco said the school was happy to help Barnes collect the bottles and help the family, whose daughter is a student at Roessleville. Students would bring cans and bottles in every morning that they had collected at home or from their neighbors.

When the bottle drive was over, Tedisco said the school sent a memo home to family members informing them that Barnes had a gift to give them.

Last week, the family received the gift card, and Tedisco said that she was happy that Barnes served as a role model for so many other students.

"I think she's inspired other kids as well," said Tedisco. "They were all really interested in what she had done and how she had done it. What she did was a perfect example of how one student can make a difference.""

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