Support these student-led efforts

Feb 04, 2014

There are several student-led efforts under way in the county that are well worth supporting.

The first one has the added advantage of helping you clean out your closets, as well.

Chloe Williams, a freshman at Tuscola High School, learned about a “Teens for Jeans” campaign being offered through a clothing retailer. The program collects gently used jeans in all sizes that will be given to homeless students across the nation.

Williams’ goal is to collect 1,000 pairs of jeans by Feb. 14. She will have a collection site at Walmart this Saturday, or jeans — both male and female — can be dropped off at Tuscola High School or The Mountaineer office.

An added benefit to collecting more jeans than other schools is that the top school is eligible to win a grand prize of $10,000, or $5,000 grants for runners-up.

Another effort through Tuscola High School that will take place Friday is a blanket and sock drive that will be held in conjunction with the Tuscola-East Henderson basketball game, which coincidentally is senior night.

The school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization is heading up the effort, and it is one well-worth supporting. Two weeks ago, Haywood Christian Ministry put out a call for more blankets since the cold snap had depleted their stockpile.

Support this group of young leaders Friday by picking up a blanket or a pair of warm socks to share with those less fortunate in our midst.

Another innovative student program is the before school coffee program set by at Waynesville Middle School. Parents and adult staffers can support the school’s special education program by simply buying their morning coffee from students. Smoky Mountain Roasters has roasted a special coffee — the dream bean blend — for exclusive use at the Mountie Dream Beans Café.

Barber’s Orchard will be providing fresh apple cider as available, and the café is offering hot cocoa and tea.

The café is conveniently located in the lobby, and the hours are from 7:30 to 8:15 each school day. Stop by and check it out.