Friends of Rachel hold coat drive

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Friends of Rachel hold coat driveWhen members of the “Friends of Rachel” Club at Burroughs High School found out that there are people in our community without warm winter coats, club members voted to do a community service-project and collect donated coats to give to the Salvation Army’s Winter Coat Project.

Club members tackled the project with gusto, and as of March 12 had collected a grand total of 207 coats, two pairs of boots, two pairs of gloves and one beanie.

“We were stunned by the mountain of coats we collected, in sizes from very young children to adults,” said Shari Rosenberg, BHS counselor and advisor to the club. “The purpose of the ‘Friends of Rachel’ Club is to enrich the lives of others.”

The club has approximately 40 student members, who worked together to start a campus-wide awareness program. “It came to our attention after Christmas that there were lots of kids whose families were not as fortunate as everyone else and in the wintertime didn’t have warm coats, especially young kids,” said Rosenberg.

So the project got under way in mid-January. Club members made signs and posted them in every classroom, put out bulletins and held a competition between classes to see which class could bring in the most coats.

The winning class was Teacher Randi Chappell’s second-period English class, which collected a whopping 51 coats. The club brought in donuts for the class as a reward.

“Some kids collected coats from their churches, parents’ employers, all over. We also received a lot of coats from Gateway School,” said Rosenberg.

“We are very proud of all the members,” said Isadora Savoia, grade 12, club member and exchange student from Brazil.

Another exchange student, Camilla Nebiolo, grade 12, from Italy, is also a club member and enthusiastic project participant.

The “Friends of Rachel” Club has other projects in process, including volunteering at Ridge-crest Regional Community Hos-pital and in elementary schools. One event that worked out so well last year that the club is planning to do it again this year is a “Senior Prom” at High Desert Haven.

Story First Published: 2013-03-13