MCHS junior Anna Kate Hardin sets up a donation bin at MCHS.
A group of Marion County High School students are hoping to provide warmth during the cold season by collecting warm clothing for the needy, which will be donated to 21st Century Community Learning Center. The clothes drive -- known as "No Child Cold" -- is one of the district’s new Shield projects that aim to put students at the helm of a service-based project.
“This is something that we’re putting together to prevent children from being cold in the winter who are unfortunate to the point that they don't’ have socks and shoes and blankets and the necessities they need to stay warm throughout the winter,” junior Dailyn Spalding said.
Spalding, along with students Anna Kate Hardin, Mason Sullivan, and Libby Palagi are spearheading the initiative.
“Right now it’s starting with just a few of us -- we’re getting it going but hopefully the whole school will get involved and start bringing in stuff,” Hardin said.
Students and community members are encouraged to make donations at Marion County High School. Currently, there are multiple donation bins set up at MCHS. New and gently worn items are accepted.
“This is the type of authentic and valuable problem-solving we want our young people to be a part of,” MCPS Superintendent Taylora Schlosser said. “We presented the students with a real-world problem, and no they’re solving it -- in the process, they’re helping those in our community in need.”