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Heaps of help: Rock Creek Elementary students collect clothes for Third World

By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Placer Herald and Press Tribune editor
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Rock Creek Elementary School sixth-graders Mikayla Barkve, left, Laila Begic and Julia Turner are surrounded by 3,070 pounds of clothes they collected, along with the rest of the school’s Student Leadership team.

The clothes have been collected since October in a partnership with California Clothing Recyclers. They’ll be sent to developing countries to be reused or recycled, and for each pound collected, the Rocklin school received 15 cents, for a total of $510.50 after a $50 bonus.
 
Under the direction of Student Leadership advisers and fifth-grade teachers Sheri Morgan and Joan Suarez, the students collected, organized and bagged the clothes. An added benefit, the students agreed, was that the donations help the environment, as well, because the clothes will not be thrown into landfills.
 
“We like helping with a lot of fundraisers,” Julia explained. “I thought it was really cool, because we’re recycling and we’re giving to others.”