Results of the Jeans Drive

Elsie Goren, Co-Editor-in-Chief

On February 24 and 25, the Interact Club collected donated jeans from 7:00-7:30 in the morning. Additional contributions were stockpiled in room 236. After two days, the club boasted 443 pairs of jeans, greatly surpassing their original goal of 100.

This year’s drive is the first time EHS collaborated with the organization Teens for Jeans. The idea originated from math teacher Ms. Hansen. When mentioned at an Interact Club meeting, sophomores Emma Anderson and Sabrina Stevens rose to the occasion and began corresponding with Teens for Jeans representatives. The initiative took off from there.

Worthy of note: Despite some confusion over its name, the association’s title is Teens for Jeans rather than Jeans for Teens.

The jeans will be donated to homeless youth in the Twin Cities and the surrounding metropolitan area. According to Teens for Jeans, a pair of jeans remains the most requested item because of its durability, versatility, and warmth.

Mr. Wirsbinski, an Interact advisor, comments, “The drive pulls the school together — teachers, students, secretaries, custodians and even the community — into one project.”

Next year, the Interact Club plans to continue the success of 2016’s jeans drive, hopefully creating a school tradition. However, the bar will be set at 500 pairs due to this year’s success.