NHS Collecting Jeans for Teenagers in Need

National Honor Society Students Kick Off Service Project
Posted on 01/31/2020
UPDATE 2/27/20: The collection date has been extended until Friday, March 6. At this time, donations should be brought to the High School drop-off only. 

Xenia High School’s National Honor Society students had little trouble picking their next service project: Teens for Jeans.

“When the students realized that nearly 40% of people experiencing homelessness in the U.S. were under 18, they really wanted to do something concrete to help,” said Jessica Parker, who teaches social studies and is the NHS advisor at Xenia High School.

The students will collect gently used jeans until Friday, February 14 for the project. Donations can be brought by students to the High School; donations can also be dropped off at the Coffee Hub in Xenia.

Jeans are a common request from teens in shelters, as they are comfortable, can be worn multiple times between washes, and can even help the teens feel like they fit in better. The project is part of a national effort organized under dosomething.org, and there are currently more than 54,000 participants signed up to participate nationwide. 

For the current drive, the school that collects the most jeans overall can win a grant for their school, but that was not the big motivator for these compassionate students. 

“They realize that we are unlikely to collect more than some of the really big schools out there – they just want to help,” said Parker. “Of course, that doesn’t mean they won’t try.” 

NHS students set a goal to collect at least 100 pair of jeans, and are on track to exceed their goal with 50 pair already donated. 

To date this school year, NHS has completed multiple service projects. The group participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, raising nearly $300 at the October Varsity Football game, as well as helped with a project to package food for those in need before the holidays.
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