Hillgrove High School Habitat Club Helps at Compton Elementary

Hillgrove High School Habitat for Humanity Chapter stays busy. In addition to their participation in the Cobb High School Coalition Build, they also ran a Winter Coat Drive for Compton Elementary School and organized Compton's clothing donation closet.

The Cobb High School Coalition has been sponsoring Habitat houses in Cobb County for 22 years.  The Coalition high schools (Campbell, Hillgrove, Kennesaw Mountain, Pope, Walton and Wheeler)  build early in the year, so that the students can complete the build before graduation each year.  This year's Coalition-sponsored house will be dedicated this Saturday.

This past winter, the Hillgrove High School Habitat Chapter students collected coats, hats and gloves for the students and families of Compton Elementary School. The community gave generously.  In fact, so many items were delivered that the storage space was overwhelmed. The Hillgrove Habitat students spent several afternoons sorting and folding the clothes.

The first day the club members just took all the bags out of the room and sorted clothes by gender/size/season. Some clothing was inappropriate for school or was adult clothing. Compton donated those items to local charity. Once clothing was sorted, the students folded the clothes and shelved them according to gender, size, season and type. The Habitat students made it a fun time as usual. Boys were educated on girls’ clothing styles and sizes ... shrugs, leotards...girl’s sizes vs. toddler sizes vs. junior sizes vs. women sizes! The guys said men’s sizing was much easier, as I am sure that we all agree!

So, everyone had a little fun, and helped a lot of kids. Compton principal, Ms. Murphy, and the school counselors were ecstatic. They said now it is so much easier, and more pleasing visually, to take students and parents into that room to find needed clothing.


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