Claudia Kennedy, freshman student council president, along with the rest of the council, including freshmen Pierce Do, Hannah Daley, and Emily Yoo, oversaw the event.
“Honestly, it exceeded my expectations,” said Emily Yoo, freshman class representative. “I was expecting a few things. Because we’re the freshman class…I thought people wouldn’t take us seriously.”
Students could drop off school and art supplies to either the attendance office, main office, or their first period class room.
“Some students also went a step further and brought clothing and canned goods,” said Kennedy.
Mallorie Butler’s first period Algebra 1 part 2 class collected 162 items, the largest donation of the drive. Total, the school accumulated over 25 large bags of supplies.
“Ms. McKnight said [the supplies] filled her garage,” said Kennedy.
Donated supplies benefited the PLMFT shelter, located off of New Bern avenue, which provides housing for homeless families, including both temporary and permanent shelter. According to their website, they “have a 70-75% success rate – families who complete the program move into stable housing.”
In addition to this, the shelter also provides life skill classes, after school tutoring for children, “transportation, food and food referrals, household items, school supplies, [and] holiday gifts.”
Kennedy said the student council has plans to repeat the project next year with the hopes of doubling their success.