Friends of Rachel Club gathers winter coats

Competition between classes yields 226 items

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

At Burroughs High School, the Friends of Rachel Club’s second annual Warm Winter Coat Drive brought in a remarkable mound of gently used cold-weather gear to be distributed to those in need.

“We did a competition among the classrooms,” said Advisor Shari Rosenberg. “The winning class is getting donuts. Stephanie Hawkins’ English class won — that one class

alone collected 69 jackets! Yes, wow!

“A lot of other classes collected a lot of jackets, too.”

The total was 226 items, including 144 jackets, 31 hoodies, 36 sweaters and 15 miscellaneous items, such as gloves and scarves.

“I was very proud of them, and so is Terri Graves, the other advisor for the Friends of Rachel,” said Rosenberg. Currently, the club includes about 45 active student members.

The coat collection, which includes both adults’ and children’s items, will be donated to the Salvation Army, which will handle distribution.

The Friends of Rachel Club is a service group focusing on local community involvement by students.

See www.rachelschallenge.org for more information on this nationwide group, formed in memory of Rachel Joy Scott, who was killed in the Columbine School shootings.

Story First Published: 2013-12-18