Middle school students host benefit for refugees

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Saturday morning 11, 12 and 13-year-old kids got up early to put on a show. A show to benefit Syrian refugees in Greece.

The “Children for Children” benefit concert turned seven East Middle School students into presenters and poster makers.

The students planned the show themselves: complete with marketing, a venue and a sound system.

Research helped to motivate kids from the Grand Valley to give up their Saturday morning in support of refugees half the world away.

"There are a lot of distressing facts that lead us to refugees," Decker Baum, a student organizer, explained.

Ethan Knight, another one of the seven organizers said, "This is just a great opportunity to make a difference in something bigger than ourselves."

The student leaders behind Saturday morning's production are members of the STEM-based "Destination Imagination Team" at their school.

The kids researched local and global causes before supporting the "Do Your Part" refugee center near Athens, Greece.