Clothing drive ends in pizza party

Students in classroom K-A celebrated last week with a pizza party, earned by the class collecting the most clothing in a recent clothing drive in cooperation with Goodwill Industries. Among those enjoying the pizza party were, front row, from left, Micah Henry and Tanner Love; and, back row, from left, Ben Standfest, Ray Donatio, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries; teacher Jessica Craig and Vera Davis.

Patti Slaughter

STRATTANVILLE — One of the youngest classes in the school won the top prize – a classroom pizza party – in a recent clothing drive for Goodwill Industries.

During the month of January students in the Clarion-Limestone school collected donations of gently used clothing and shoes for Goodwill. The school district teamed up with Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania to host the clothing drive as a fundraiser. Paid per pound of clothing collected, the money will be used to pay for a sign at the elementary school.

During the clothing drive students in both the elementary and high school collected a total of 4,605 pounds, with Jessica Craig’s kindergarten class, K-A, winning the competition in the elementary school. Class K-A collected a total of 404.2 pounds of clothing during the three-week drive.

Ray Donati, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries, said he was very pleased with the results of the clothing drive. “Donations are typically down during the winter months,” he said. “This was the first year for Clarion-Limestone’s clothing drive. We are involved with about 15 school districts, and our largest school collects about 10,000 pounds of school. Clarion-Limestone collected almost half that amount in their first year, and we are very pleased.”

Not only was the clothing drive a source of raising funds for a school project, it was also used as learning oppoertunities for the students. “They practiced math and learned to work as a team,” said elementary principal Kristie Taylor.

Donati added, “I told the students that we sell these items to put people to work. During this clothing drive they also learned to recycle and to help others. They are vital. They are our future donors.”

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