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Pay it Forward: a school in lights

Volunteers with Thrive decorated Lonsdale Elem. School and several homes in the community for Christmas.
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It's not uncommon to see beautiful twinkling lights during the holiday season adorning trees and homes, but how about the outside of a school?

Colorful lights cover the entrance to Lonsdale Elementary School in North Knoxville.They are wrapped up the railing and around the doorways. 

It's all thanks to Thrive, an organization that ministers to youth in the Lonsdale area. Their volunteers took on the bitter cold to decorate the school and other homes in the community a few weeks ago.

The bright  welcome lets students know they are coming into a safe environment and gets them ready to start their day.

"I know how I feel, so I can imagine being a kid looking at holiday lights, the spirit of the season. It doesn't matter what you celebrate, but the lights, positive energy lifts the kids spirits," said Christopher Deal, principal at Lonsdale Elem.

The school doesn't have buses, so all students either walk to the school or are dropped off by their parents.

The lights make their arrival extra special.

Do you know someone who is paying it forward this year? Let us know about it! Email us at payitforward@wbir.com with your story.