A Clothing Collection Scheme In Action
Casterton Business and Enterprise College in Stamford, Lincolnshire, has been signed up to the Salvation Army Schools Clothing Collection Scheme since September 2008.
Charlotte Darroch, STAR (Success Through Alternative Routes) co-ordinator, says the Salvation Army Schools Clothing Collection Scheme slots in extremely well with a curriculum she has developed, focusing on skills and activities not normally taught in school such as healthy eating, charity projects and community involvement.
A group of 14 students at the college, which has 850 students between the ages of 11 and 16, has taken responsibility for publicising the collection scheme among their peers, teachers and the local community.
“The group developed promotional material about the project which has gone out to 40 other tutor groups in the school, as well as information for the school notice-boards and our two plasma screens, which are seen by pupils and staff every day,” says Charlotte. “They also got our local paper interested and the story was covered by The Stamford Mercury. The collection is not just restricted to the school community. We have one lady who read about us in the paper and now brings in bags of unwanted clothing she has collected from friends and neighbours! A sports shop in Stamford is also donating clothing.”
“Any money raised is going to help fund expeditions, such as a trip to Rutland Water to take part in activities such as pond dipping, hedge-making and bird watching, for the group which has pioneered the scheme,” explains Charlotte. “It will help the school with things like petrol money.”
“The children have really enjoyed learning about the benefits of textile recycling and helping their community to participate.”