HAGERSTOWN -- Black belt Jimmy Smith said he wants his young students to learn the importance of community service.
Since Smith opened Mr. Jimmy's White Tiger Martial Arts in Hagerstown last August, the students in his after-school program have been doing everything from collecting food for the needy to raising money for breast cancer awareness programs.
The after-school program, which is held in the late afternoon and made up of school-age children, adopted two families for Christmas earlier this month.
Smith said those families will receive food, clothing and toys.
"Martial arts is not all about fighting," Smith said. "It's a good opportunity to teach the kids to help others."
Marcia Watters, an instructor at the martial arts studio, said the adults try to make serving the community fun for the children by holding a pizza party for the belt-level that raises the most each month for charity.