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Delta High School students picked out new attire for the New Year.

The school’s “Free Holiday Store”, stocked with clothing, opened for two days this week inside the Multi-purpose room. The items were collected by staff, students, and the community for Delta students, their families, or for the Delta students to shop for others in need.

The Delta High School Philanthropy Group have been studying the field of Positive Psychology and spent 10 weeks planning the event. They've found that one of the biggest predictors of happiness is having a "meaning in life bigger than the self."

"Spending time giving to others was a great experience for me and the rest of our group,’’ said student Miranda Smithson. “Seeing our own friends and classmates able to come through our store and shop for something new for themselves or someone else brought our group much joy and happiness.’’  

English Teacher Shawn Tracht said the students chose to "help others," and they found that not only were they adding happiness to others, but they also all experienced a boost in happiness themselves from the giving. 

"It has been so inspiring to see my students become so selfless, especially during the holiday season when each of us may have needs ourselves,’’ Tracht said. “Our group seemed to reap the priceless rewards of giving. Special thanks to our leaders: Miranda Smithson, Lupe Sanchez, Luis Valle, Israel Luna, Ruben Farfan, Jose Martinez, Oscar Lua, Manny Zubiate, and Jeremy Tyson.’’

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