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Published December 21, 2011, 06:28 PM

Frazee students hold food drive in remembrance of Myrel

Frazee, MN (WDAY TV) - Food shelves in Lakes Country are fully stocked thanks to the community of Frazee. A group focused on a food drive to make some positive memories after the tragic loss of a fellow student.

Food shelves in Lakes Country are fully stocked thanks to the community of Frazee. A group focused on a food drive to make some positive memories after the tragic loss of a fellow student.

These elementary students share smiles as they pack up soup and get ready for food drive results.

Jane Anderson - Paraprofessional: “Teach the kids it’s better to give than receive all the time."

It's high school versus the elementary as these carton-carrying students compete for the most food donations.

Alexis Tappe - Student: "I was so shocked to see all the boxes of cans, and how heavy they were, and were in collecting and moving them to the bus."

Students are sending over dozens of boxes, filling the bus to the brim to help create holiday cheer.

Jane Anderson: "It's been very rewarding I think just to feel like they're doing something good this holiday season, even with all the sorrow we've had."

In the midst of the fun are the memories fellow Frazee student, 17 year-old Myrel Schermerhorn, who died after his car plunged into a pond.

Alexis Tappe: "He was one to go out of his way to make people smile,"

Taylor Tappe - Student: "He was the nicest guy ever, giving people the extra boost to brighten their day if they're down."

It's a rough road to healing, but the food drive is helping people push through.

Jane Anderson: "We hoped that this would enlighten our last week at school and put a little sunshine back in our kids."

Organizers say with this food drive students can bring a community together and move closer to healing. Students raised more than $600 and donated more than 3,500 pounds of food.

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