Students at Homewood’s Churchill School are in the midst of a counting lesson, but it’s not the traditional math problem. They are counting clothing.
When the Churchill School Student Council agreed to sponsor a clothes drive, administrators say they never dreamed the collection would grow exponentially day-by-day.
Over the 12-day collection period that ended Dec. 15, hundreds of pounds of clothes were donated by the children and their families: 105 items from students in Room 26 added to 65 from another, 78 from a third grade class and on and on.
Teachers Marisa Albon and Laura Kozel, student council sponsors, say they are truly stunned by the outpouring of generosity. Plastic bags teeming with clothing of all sizes were filled in each classroom. As the collection got larger, Albon found a storage space that served as a holding room. One bag was so heavy it required a maintenance man using a cart to deliver it.
Kozel said the project got started when Churchill Principal CeCe Coffey received a phone call from members of Homewood-Flossmoor High School’s DECA Club that was sponsoring a clothes drive. They asked if Churchill would collect clothes, too. Donations are being delivered to the Jones Community Center in Chicago Heights.
Coffey, in turn, asked if the student council would take on the project.
“Usually the students pick a project to work on,” said Albon. Earlier in the year they collected loose change for the South Suburban Humane Society. That was followed by a drive for shoes that went to a company that purchased the shoes. That money also was donated to the humane society.
The clothing drive the students saw as a worthwhile cause and “they get more excited about supporting organizations that are in the local community,” Albon said.