Without creating an itinerary, four Greenwood High School students piled into a pickup and drove six hours to the Texas Panhandle. The group embarked on the unconventional spring break trip with a purpose: to help people rebuild after wildfires swept through the region.
Samuel Shaw, 18, heard about the damage and wanted to make a difference. His mom suggested he and his twin, Patrick, donate their time.
“You can see on TV how bad it is,” Samuel Shaw said. “If you were in that situation, you would want someone helping you.”
The brothers recruited friends Jayden Kitchens, 15, and Colton Moore, 18. The group drove the next day to Wheeler, a city about 100 miles northeast of Amarillo.
A local volunteer coordinator connected them with Sue and Mack Bentley, who lost about 50 acres of pasture and a half-mile of fencing.
“They were really happy to see us,” Samuel Shaw said. “Most of their cows …