RENO, Nev. - Every year, seniors at Carson high School try to figure out what to do for their Senior Projects.
The Senior Project is a graduating requirement. The students research topics that interest them, find a mentor, and learn a new skill.
Common projects include learning a musical instrument, or taking up photography, but Dallas Burnett wanted to do something a little different.
"Veterans have always been a big part of my life," Burnett said. "I just wanted to do something for them."
As part of his project, Dallas researched the effects of military personnel returning to civilian life. He looked at the effects of PSTD, and the lack of job opportunities available to veterans. Knowing many veterans struggle financially, Dallas wanted to see how far he could stretch a dollar.
So Dallas took up extreme couponing.
"It was difficult," he said. "You have to learn the [coupon] rules for each store."
But all the trouble worked out in the end. With a little financial help from his family, Dallas was able to donate over $1100 worth of items to the Veterans' Guest House. The kicker, he only spent about $300.
"That's part of what this project was about," Dallas' father, Joe Burnett, said. "Him being able to show that when these veterans come back, if they have limited resources and don't have a job yet, they can save money and still get the things that they need."
Dallas purchased items from the Guest House's wish list, including laundry detergent, shampoo, and juice.
But donating these items is not the last service he will provide. After high school, Dallas will be giving the next few years of his life to the military.
"Joining the Air Force is something I've wanted to do since I was 8," he said.
Dallas will leave for basic training as early as July 18th.