JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A group of Region 8 students put down the books, left the classroom and stepped out into the community.
It's part of a program from the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce called "Junior Leadership."
Twenty-four students from several school districts in Jonesboro got to leave the school and learn about businesses, health care groups and non-profit organizations.
Westside Junior Tosha Parrish says she was most surprised by what she learned about the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.
"So many people out there that don't have the opportunities that other people do," Parrish said. "I was thankful for what they [Food Bank of NEA] do so people out there do have food on the table and don't have to worry about not being able to feed their family."
Jonesboro High School student Layth Al-Hindi said this program gives participants a better understanding of organizations in the community.
"We toured a lot of non-profit chapters like Habitat for Humanity," Al-Hindi said. "As a result, I've been really involved with Habitat for Humanity in my school."