Students at Scholars Academy and THS took the initiative to make space in their closets by donating their used, but clean, winter clothing items to those in need through the Scholars Academy Peer Leadership class through from November 10 - December 2.
A whopping 700 pieces of clothing were donated to the Salvation Army.
The group accepted all sizes: babies-adults. Contributions were dropped in the donation boxes around Scholars Academy and THS. Items that were donated included: coats, gloves, jackets, socks, hats, pants, scarves, long sleeve shirts, sweaters, and blankets.
Sophomore Louis Carter and Alexis Gresham coordinated the Winter Clothing Drive.
“We came up with the idea of a clothing drive because we knew it was going to be getting cold soon and some dont have the access to clothing like others do. Helping the community is extremely important to me so I wanted to help by giving back,” said Gresham
Through his initial study of leadership in the the class, Carter has learned about perseverance, determination, and kindness.
“I love supporting my community and being able to give to those who are not as fourtinuate as others,” said Carter.
Peer Leadership consists of 20 students under the supervision of Farran Burnette, who also teaches World History, U.S. History, and Advanced Placement Government. The students create and execute their own projects with the guidance of their teacher.
“This workshop class stems from the belief that there is a need to provide high school students with training in becoming proficient in human relations and leadership skills,” said Burnette.
Senior Jacob Cone said, “It takes someone to go to the back of the line, serve, and do the dirty work in order for people to see what they’re doing and follow them.”
The Peer Leadership skills include but are not limited to interpersonal and intrapersonal communication, conflict resolution, decision-making, group facilitation, and understanding diversity.
The purpose of this class is to provide a variety of school and community services which will increase students’ self-awareness, improve their ability to communicate effectively, and encourage exploration of their leadership potential.