Barnesville’s sixth grade class participated in the Teens for Jeans drive this February, collecting 70 pairs of gently worn jeans that will be donated to homeless teens.
The students solicited jeans from the Barnesville community through flyers, emails, Facebook posts, and announcements at Morning Meeting. They collected the jeans each morning for several weeks during carpool.
The impetus for becoming involved in the drive came from Barnesville’s Peace Week in January, explained Madison Myers, a sixth grader who helped organize the drive. “We had to [research] a community service project and Mrs. Sheppard [Language Arts Teacher] found the program,” she said.
“The most requested thing that homeless teens want is jeans,” said Amy Germer, another sixth grade organizer, “and so we thought that this was a good way to give back.”
The Teens for Jeans program is run by DoSomething.org, a non-profit organization that helps young people promote social change. DoSomething.org partners with Aéropostale for the Teens for Jeans campaign. For each pair of jeans donated, Aéropostale provides a 25% discount coupon to their stores.The 70 pairs of jeans, currently piled on a table in Mrs. Sheppard’s classroom, will be delivered to a local Aéropostale in the near future and will then make their way to homeless teens. The Teens for Jeans program runs through Feb. 23.