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Nine-year-old boy is helping the homeless

Marija B. Vader
Grand Junction Correspondent
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyDavis Devereux started a program at his school to feed the homeless.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” While most kids this season are wondering what Santa will bring them, Davis Devereux wonders how he can give to others.

A third-grader, Devereux wanted to help people, so he took an idea to help feed the homeless and single-handedly implemented it at his school, Caprock Academy.

Devereux rallied the school’s administration, teachers and 300 or so students at

Caprock, a charter public school that opened in July. It is not affiliated with District 51.

Now the school, located north of the Goodwill Store, has stacks of cans of food, poised to be fed to homeless people, thanks to a 9-year-old.

This effort is more than just collecting the cans, said Caprock Headmaster Rick Gottschalk.

For more than a week, students have collected food. They’ll continue to collect cans of corn, beans, peas, fruit, soup and more, until Monday, after which they will cook it and serve it to the homeless.

The younger kids plan to decorate the hall at Homeward Bound homeless shelter to spread a little holiday spirit. With the help of their parents, the older kids will be in private kitchens in Grand Junction, making pans of lasagna.

Accompanied by adults, the older kids will serve the homemade lasagna dinner on Tuesday.

At Pomona Elementary, “Last year our whole school did it,” said Devereux. “And since this is a new school, I thought it would be nice to do it.”

As to what motivates Devereux, he said, “I think some schools have to help the homeless shelter because people need food. I think they might not have enough food for the people who are there. They can’t just buy the food from the store.”

Devereux is not shy. He looks people directly in the eyes, and he speaks eloquently ” a grown-up in a little boy’s body.

To promote his cause, he gave motivational speeches to all classes.

He can talk like a grown-up: “In two weeks we’ve reached our goal of 1,286 cans, because we passed our goal of 500. Our original goal was 500 cans.”

But then there are the little boy’s motives: The class that collects the most cans wins a Subway sandwich party.

Devereux hounded the headmaster about the project since school began.

“He came to me and asked early in the year if we could do this. I said let’s wait until the holidays,” Gottschalk said. “He kept asking every month, can we start now? Can we start now? Can we start now?”

“We encourage community involvement in our kids,” Gottschalk said. “He’s taken the ball and run with it. He came up with this idea on his own.”

His parents, Jay and Lorna Devereux, and his 11-year-old sister, Carman, are also proud of him.

Devereux smiled when asked how it felt to help people.

“Really great,” he said.

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