Students 'clothes' the deal for Agape Centre

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - Students at St. George Catholic School in Long Sault have transformed their standby outfits into fresh wardrobes for clients of Cornwall's Agape Centre.

The elementary school collected 1,349 articles for the Agape Centre as part of a Lenten project hosted by its School Council.

The project began on Ash Wednesday (March 5) and completed on Friday, April 25.

All of St. George's 83 pupils and eight staff members were astonished when they saw the mountain of green garbage bags full of the collected items.

"It was a good experience because as the graduating students it was our final positive contribution to the community," said Morgan Villeneuve.

"Even though it was very time consuming and difficult as all lunch breaks were spent sorting clothes, I would certainly do it again," added Kayla Lalonde.

Maureen Smith, the project's teacher advisor, wanted an initiative that was fresh, easy to manage, and at no not cost to families of the school.

The slogan written on posters located throughout the school read: "Don't bring things in torn because they are going to be worn."

"The idea of a gently worn clothing drive fit all of the criteria," said Smith.

Alyssa Blais, executive director of the Agape Centre, credited the students for separating and organizing all the donations, which allows their volunteers to focus on other areas of need.

“The clothes the students collected will be both given for free to clients in need, and sold in the thrift store, where the revenue generated supports Agape Centre services," said Blais.

Students involved with overseeing the project included Melissa Cleary, School Prime Minister, Shelby Stang, Deputy Prime Minister, Morgan Villeneuve, Minister of Communication, and Julianne Horvath-Abbott, Minister of Published Affairs. The remainder of the coordinators were students Hannah Farmer, Kayla Lalonde, and Ashley Bouwman.

Organizations: Agape Centre

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