Bailey students hold Teens for Jeans donation drive
Bailey students hold Teens for Jeans donation drive
Posted on 02/07/2014
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WEST HAVEN, Feb. 3, 2014 — The Bailey Middle School Student Council is running its third annual district-wide donation drive for gently used jeans that will later be distributed to community members in need.

The students are participating in the nationwide “Teens for Jeans” campaign run by chain clothing store Aeropostale and hope to collect a few thousand pairs of jeans of all sizes, colors and styles by Feb. 21. There will be drop-off bins in each school and City Hall, and a collection event will be held at Bailey, 106 Morgan Lane, Feb. 13 6-8 p.m.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for them to make a difference in the community where they live,” Dina Jones, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Bailey and Student Council adviser, said of the students involved. “They understand the need, and they really work hard to get people to donate. They ask family and friends and the other schools to help so they can really be effective in the drive.”

Jones said a member of the Bailey community heard about the Teens for Jeans movement a few years ago and suggested the Student Council run a collection, since there’s an Aeropostale store in the Milford mall. All donated jeans will be brought to the store, which will then distribute them to homeless shelters and social service agencies in the local area.

The first drive conducted by Bailey netted around 3,000-4,000 pairs of jeans, but last year’s only garnered a few hundred. Organizers hope students and West Haven residents will boost donation numbers back into the thousands this year.

Since the Student Council is looking for clean, gently used jeans, the effort also highlights the benefits of “recycling” clothing adults and kids no longer need or have outgrown by giving the items to people who need them, Jones added.

David O’Brien, Mayor Edward M. O’Brien’s eighth-grade son and this year’s Bailey “ambassador” or student leader for the project, said Student Council members have made and hung signs about Teens for Jeans, passed out memos to peers, and will later help deliver the donations to the store.

“It’s a good cause and helps people who don’t have much,” he said. “It’s nice to be a part of it.”

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