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Clothes for the Homeless, Extra Credit, and a Treat

Posted by: 047944 | March 28, 2012 | No Comment |

By Mallory Drover

The Homer High clothing drive, organized by student council members, began March 19th. What began with the intent to gather used prom dresses for girls who can’t afford their own became an all-clothes-accepted drive for the entire community. A committee of students made posters and morning announcements requesting old or unwanted clothing.

“I want to find clothes so I can get extra credit in psychology,” said Molly Duggan, junior.

Mrs. Fisher, an adviser to the student council, is offering extra credit in all of her classes to students who donate to the clothing drive.

“If we can fill the entire stage [with donated clothes], the whole school will get a treat,” she said. “We don’t know what yet, but it’ll be something good. The [prom] dresses might go to SoHi, since their prom is right after hours.”

Various dresses that could be worn to prom.

According to Traven Apiki, student body president, the rest of the clothing will be sent to Teens United for a Future. “It is a new organization, and its main focus is on homeless teens on the Kenai Peninsula (there is an extremely high rate, especially here in Homer). The organization’s main hope is to open a store here, similar to Plato’s Closet in Anchorage, where there is an emphasis on teens so that the homeless teens will be clothed and others will also be able to go to a local cheap store where clothes are meant for them.”

The collection buckets on the commons stage are already full and overflowing, but there’s still plenty of space to go across the stage floor. Donations will continue to be accepted for the rest of this week, and then the drive will be obsolete.

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