Some Clayton County Middle school students looked deep into their hearts and closets to give back to less fortunate teens. M.D. Roberts Middle students showed their community spirit and collected nearly 13 hundred pairs of gently used jeans for the annual "Teens For Jeans" campaign. The six year old campaign wraps up for this year and is designed to help homeless teens and their families. M.D. Roberts joins school across the country taking time to give back.
Roberts Middle School is a charter member of the system’s newly formed Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student organization. FCCLA joined forces with Aeropostale , a specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, and dosomething.org, a non-profit that motivates young people to take action for social change, to take part in the "Teens For Jeans" campaign.
According to Deborah Howard, a homeroom arts teacher, the dosomething.org” site reports, “Some 23 percent of homeless people in the United States are families with children and their most highly requested clothing item is jeans."
Howard says the students were self motivated to do something for others, and she is very proud of their efforts. Organization members lead a very successful drive to collect gently used jeans for homeless teens and their families. In all the school community worked together to collected 1,289 pairs of jeans in all sizes.
Aeropostale provided everyone who donated jeans with a 25 percent discount coupon to be used when making purchases in Aeropostale stores.
The national numbers are still being counted, but dosomething.org is giving the school that collected the most jeans $10,000.