FLHS groups donate denim

Pictured, from left to right, are: Eric Pierson, Peyton Distler, Matt Hill, Emily Waldron, Erica Palmer, Jared Snidarich, Maggie Neeck, Joseph Frank, Joy Lida and Dorothea Olson. (Photo submitted)

Two high-profile student groups at Forest Lake High School – the Open Minds Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions – joined together earlier this month to sponsor a local fundraiser called Teens for Jeans, which was part of a larger national movement created by the organization Dosomething.org.

In recognition of the fact that in the United States one in three homeless people are under the age of 18, the local student groups held a contest to see which first-hour class in the school could collect the most used blue jeans to donate to homeless teens across America. The competition ran from late January through Feb. 13, and a total of 702 jeans were collected.

Taking first place in the competition was Katie Corrigan’s first-hour English class, with 166 jeans collected. The second-place finisher was Daniel Koch’s Social Studies class with 140, and Laura Livermore’s class took third place with 43 pairs of jeans received. The two top finishing classes all received a free breakfast for their work.

Nationally, more than 10,000 schools participated in this program, and in the past four years Teens for Jeans has collected and donated more than 1.5 million pairs of jeans. More information on Teens for Jeans is available on the Internet at www.dosomething.org/teensforjeans.