Is This the Most Charitable High School in America? (Video)
Chicago's Barrington High School, known for its charity work, will get a visit from pop star Rihanna on Friday.
The teens won the singer's school charity contest with an inspiring video highlighting all they've done over the past three years.
This high school goes above and beyond to give back. They've raised $700,000 for the American Cancer Society as well as funds for GiGi's Playhouse, a charity for kids with Down Syndrome. They traveled to Joplin, Missouri, to help with tornado relief efforts and led a campaign against the 'R' word in their community. In the past year alone, the teens completed more than 45,000 hours of community service.
The submitted video was produced by kids in the television production class and uses the tune of Rihanna's song "Diamonds."
The charities featured in the video meant a lot to the students. Peter Chung, 16, told TakePart he had a very personal connection to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event that they filmed. "My mother has cancer," he said. "This is a very important cause to me."
Chung said he was inspired at the event after seeing, "how much faith and hope" the participants had.
BHS-TV teacher Jeff Doles told TakePart that he feels lucky to be among students and teachers who believe in "paying it forward."
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart. She has taught English in Vietnam and tutors homeless children in Los Angeles. Email Jenny | @jennyinglee | TakePart.com