Midlakes students organize clothing drive

Two Midlakes Middle School students are organizing a clothing drive for families in need during the winter season.

Eighth-graders Kayla Nurse and Trinidy Traster developed the idea while learning about the Progressive Era, a period of widespread social activism from 1890 to 1920, in Chris Stell’s social studies class.

“Our winters are very harsh and we just wanted to help,” Nurse said. “We wanted a hat and glove drive for people who can’t really afford the proper winter clothing.”

Donation boxes will be in the district’s schools through Feb. 1.

Stell gave his students the option of working on a project that addresses a community issue or writing a report on the individual who made the greatest impact during the Progressive Era. For example, Jonathan Quade completed an anti-bullying presentation, Isabella Herendeen educated students on school funding, Lydia Premo advocated for pit bulls, and Bianca DiBernadro and Jenni Iraci created information pamphlets on the adverse effects of using drugs.

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