ALTON — Old blue jeans could quickly turn into cash directed at helping homeless youth.
Alton Middle School students and staff are collecting the denim pants as a part of the Teens for Jeans campaign.
A national campaign in partnership with Aéropostale and DoSomething.org, (the largest nonprofit organization for young people and social change), Teens for Jeans encourages young people across the country to run a jeans drive in their school or community to help provide clothing for youth experiencing homelessness. Alton Middle School will host their denim drive between Jan. 12 and Feb. 13.
According to campaign leaders, more than 1 million young people experience homelessness in the United States every year. One of the most requested items that young people in homeless shelters ask for is a pair of jeans. In the past seven years, young people across the country have collected more than 4.3 million pairs of jeans through Teens for Jeans.”
This year, the top collecting high school, middle school, elementary school and college will each win a $5,000 school grant. In addition to the school grant, the school that collects the most jeans will win a private school concert with The Vamps, a pop band, and also Aéropostale T-shirts for the entire school.
Members of the community can support Alton Middle School’s drive by dropping off their gently used denim (any size or color) at any of the school’s offices at 2200 College Ave. from Jan. 12 through Feb. 13.
For information, visit www.TeensForJeans.com or contact Alton Middle School Teacher Krista Ginestra at (618) 474-2200 and firstname.lastname@example.org.