Science Hill students provide free clothes for students in need

Brandon Paykamian • Dec 16, 2017 at 12:20 AM

About a year and a half ago, Science Hill High School students Sarah Miller and Rachel Lemkin came up with an idea for a clothing closet to help their peers get the winter clothing they need.

The goal was simple — provide a welcoming atmosphere within the school that allows students free access to clothes they need most.

“We had noticed over the years at Science Hill that students come in during the winter time with short sleeves. They don’t have jackets, they’re wearing shorts or their shoes don’t fit,” Miller said.

While they were both on their way to pick up their prom dresses, Miller and Lemkin decided it would be a good idea to take an existing school program and expand it.

“We were actually on our way to get prom dresses in the spring, and we noticed not everyone gets the opportunity to get a new prom dress,” Lemkin said. “Science Hill already had some prom dresses for people in need, so we said we could take this a step further and get actual clothes that people need on a daily basis, so we started from that.”

The two seniors eventually took their proposal to Science Hill faculty members, who jumped on the idea and helped by donating some of the clothes. Others throughout the community and various second-hand thrift stores also provided clothes and shoes.

After a lot of hard work and preparation, the two completed the project and fully stocked the wardrobe with hundreds of items, ready to help provide for students in need of clothing during the changing seasons.

Miller and Lemkin held an open house Friday afternoon to present their project to the high school’s administration, faculty and other community members. They said they eventually want to expand the program into middle, intermediate and elementary schools throughout the district.

Miller said she hopes to see the community get involved, and said those who wish to donate can bring their unwanted clothes to the school’s front office.

“It was important for us because we’re members of Science Hill High School, and if the school isn’t in its perfect condition and everyone’s not happy, it affects all the students,” Miller said. “We just wanted to make a huge impact on the school that would make everyone feel like a community and a family.”

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