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St. George students gain national attention for their backpacks for the homeless

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (News4Utah) – A new backpack to help the homeless is here! It was created by 7th grade students in St. George.

That charitable project has even landed them in a national competition. The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest challenged students to solve a real-world issue using science, technology, engineering arts and math.

The kids at the Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School stepped up to the challenge. They created a backpack that turns into a shelter. They say it will help protect the homeless from the elements and give them a place to sleep.

“When we submitted into the competition we weren’t really expecting much, because it was kind of like a weird idea, but then we won $25,000, we won the state! We are representing Utah with this idea, and if we win this competition we get $115,000 more,” said 12-year-old Tiana Swain.

The kids were selected from thousands of schools across the country. They say they talked to local homeless shelters to find out the greatest needs.

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