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WCMS seeking jean donations
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Warren County Middle School is asking for community support in teaching its students about the power of giving. Jeans will be accepted until Jan. 30 and donated for needy individuals across the country.
The school is participating in a program call “Teens for Jeans” sponsored by Aeropastale and listed on the website www.dosomething.org, which is one of the largest organizations for young people and social change. The website’s 3.3 million members tackle campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment to literally everything else.
“There are all kinds of suggestions on the website for getting students involved in the community,” said WCMS teacher Michelle Hill. “This is the one thing we picked to try and help out, because we thought the kids could bring in the jeans they don’t wear anymore. This is the first time our school has participated in this effort.”
According to the www.dosomething.org, over 1 million young people experience homelessness in the United States every year and the one item they often request is a pair of jeans. They are the perfect item to donate, because they can be worn multiple times between washes, can be dressed up or dressed down, and provide a sense of normalcy to the person wearing them.
Two clubs at the school are taking on the project: Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) with Hill as the advisor and Technology Student Association (TSA) with advisors Joyce Britton and Cindy Redmon.
“Our clubs work together,” said Hill. “Both do community service so we thought it would be best to combine them. Our clubs include all the 7-8 grade students. Mrs. Britton, Mrs. Redmon and I take one class during the nine-week period and have our club meeting, so all the students can participate.”
Hill says she hopes students learn community involvement and to be tolerant when other students appear different than themselves.
“I tell my students ‘You think all kids are the same and they all have the same home life, but that’s not true. There are homeless kids. We probably have some right here in our school, but you don’t know it. They try their best to hide it.’ I try to make my students understand they should try and find out a little bit more about a student before they start judging them.”
If anyone would like to donate a pair of gently used jeans, a box has been placed in the front lobby of the school. For more information, the school can be reached at 473-6557 and additional information about the program can be obtained from www.dosomething.org.