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"Project Unify" helps students break barriers, build friendships

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

In life, differences are apparent. But, for kids, those differences can be magnified.

That's why 300 teens spent Friday together... to focus on what they have in common.

Take a picture, and what do you see? Students filling their day with fun at Camp High Hopes. Different students, who don't care about their differences. Madison Clausen, East High School Junior said, "People just have to have fun sometimes."

A special day for students with special needs. It's part of "Project Unify". It's goal is to put these students together for a day. Kayli Paul, East High School Junior said, "Today, is just kind of a day where we can go and we get to know each other better." And, maybe, for longer. Kayli Paul, East High School Junior said, "Bethany, and I, have always been really good friends. But, it definitely increases our friendship, and we get to learn new things about eachother."

Spend time with Blaine Keegan, and you'll quickly learn he loves basketball. Blaine Keegan, East High Junior said, "My name is Blaine Cody Keegan!" Madison Clausen, East High School Junior said, "Blaine? He's a ball of energy! He's on fire all the time! Some of the days, you don't even see them, and its just fun to reconnect, and just have a bunch of fun, and do a bunch of activities, and have a bunch of fun."

Fun, with a focus. Breaking down barriers, and building up friendships. Jenny Limon, East High School Junior said, "She's a friend of mine." Jenny Limon spent the day with Brooke Daane. It was an experience the high school junior says has changed her whole outlook. Brooke Daane, East High School Junior said, "Sometimes I'm in a bad mood, or whatever, and I think... these kids that, maybe, don't have as much as I do, and they're always happy. And, so then I'm like, 'ugh, stop complaining!'"

Changing attitudes, and perceptions... one basket at a time.

In all, 300 students from North, East and West high schools, and North, East and West middle schools took part in Friday's event.

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