An eighth-grader at West Hartford’s Renbrook School is holding a jersey drive to benefit children in developing countries and also to help keep textiles out of landfills.
Renbrook School eighth-grader Savanna Singh loves soccer and cares about the environment – and has launched an event that combines both of her passions.
“I have been playing for the West Hartford Girls Soccer League since I was seven years old and since then have accumulated a nice collection of soccer jerseys,” Savanna said. “So when a school project got me thinking about community service and how I can help my community, I thought of my soccer community and all the jerseys that I could help recycle. Did you know that 85% of all discarded textiles end up in landfills?”
Savanna is hoping the community will participate in her jersey drive. “We will give them a second life to help our environment and to help kids in developing countries who need these jerseys more than your storage closet. I will update you on the effect your donations have! Are you in?”
Below is all it takes for the community to participate:
Step 1. Go find your child’s old soccer and/or basketball jerseys!
Step 2. Put the jerseys in your car so you have them with you when you’re out and about.
Step 3. Drop off your donation to one of the four locations most convenient for you. Toss it in the bin (no bags needed)
Step 4. Feel good. You are helping the planet and helping others and decluttering!
Savanna said donation bins can be found at the following convenient locations: Music & Arts (989 Farminton Ave.), The Next Chapter (13 South Main St.), West Hartford Town Hall (50 South Main St.), and Starbucks in Bishop’s Corner (2475 Albany Ave.)
“Thanks in advance to everyone who donates,” she said. “A special thanks to the WHGSL and WHGBL Board member Dr. Rick Araya, for all his help and support.”
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Renbrook Note: Savana is a Trustee Scholar at Renbrook School and chose this as her Trustee Scholar Project. The Trustee Scholar Project is a student-initiated service-learning project designed to fulfill an identified need in the community while fostering personal growth and leadership for the Scholar. Trustee Scholar candidates work on their projects throughout the year and must maintain high academic and effort grades to earn their medals.
Students research their projects over the summer and make contact with organizations and mentors before the start of school. Students must log fifteen work hours and keep a journal describing their experiences. Students desiring to achieve this coveted and most meritorious distinction submit a proposal to the Board of Trustees. Once the project is completed, students give a final presentation about what they learned from the project to the Board of Trustees and the Upper School.