Lincoln High School could use your help providing much-needed clothing and personal care items to students. It’s starting a new program called Club 17 and they need your help. Seventeen stands for the amount of time between when a student leaves school and is back the next day.
Lincoln Principal Robert Grimm says his school features many students who are “haves” and “have nots.” He feels for those in need and wants to help.
“My father passed away when I was 14 and my mom, neither of my parents graduated from high school. My mom cleaned houses for a living. My heart cries out for those kids to have a positive high school experience,” Grimm said.
That’s why Grimm and Lincoln’s counselors are starting a program called Club 17. He got the inspiration from a book he was reading and wants to stock this closet with clothes and other items such as soap and toothbrushes.
“This is a need. It’s not, ‘I want an Xbox.’ This is I need clean socks,” Grimm said.
The program is new this year, so they’re low on items like brand new pants and socks. They’re hoping you’ll pitch in and donate.
“I think that if the school can kind of expand its influence beyond the time that kids spend here, that’s only for the better,” Overstreet said.
Senior Jonathan Overstreet says he has friends who face a great deal of challenges when they’re not on campus at Lincoln.
“Their circumstances are kind of iffy and I think if they had a resource like this they could fulfill those needs,” Overstreet said.
Getting these necessities could have a positive impact on the students when they’re at school and home.
“What am I doing to ensure those 17 hours are ok or as best as I can possibly make them,” Grimm said.
Students in need just have to approach a counselor. If you’d like to donate to the cause, you can drop off items at the school office.