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Student-led Project Mickey hopes to bring foster kids to Disney World

"We're trying to promote smiles"
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Posted at 7:41 AM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 17:28:33-04

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — A group of Pasco County high schoolers is banding together to help foster kids all over the Tampa Bay area.

"We're trying to promote smiles today so we can have a different tomorrow," says Wiregrass High School Senior A.J. Persaud.

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About 20 students at Wiregrass High School are hoping to change the lives of 100 foster kids.

"Our goal is to bring foster kids to Disney for a day of joy that they can bring into adulthood," says Persaud.

Persaud is the head of Project Mickey.

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The group is hoping to raise $25,000 to bring the kids, between ages 8-13, to Disney World in May.

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Persaud says, "statistically foster kids are more prone to depression and instability later in life."

So far, the group has raised just over $5,500 for the trip.

"We're trying to change the world in little ways but make an impact on the bigger, broader world outside of us," Persaud added.