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High school teacher Deb Ottman's (kneeling, far right) life skills class planned, organized and implemented a "Pay It Forward" garage sale project that raised $830 for the St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program. RJP Director Kris Miner holds the big check the class presented Oct. 29. Debbie Griffin photos

Teens' plan evolves from movie theme

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Juniors and seniors in high school teacher Deb Ottman's life skills class figured out a way to make a difference.

Planning started after students watched "Pay It Forward," a movie released in 2000, starring Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey and based on a novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde.

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Ottman challenges each of her classes to plan and organize a helpful project.

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