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Charity-Minded Lemont High School Students Collect 400 Items of Clothing

Two girls, one idea—and a generous student body. Find out what happened next.

Lemont High School seniors Bridget Lynn (left), Maggie Ernst (right).
Lemont High School seniors Bridget Lynn (left), Maggie Ernst (right).
Lemont High School seniors Bridget Lynn and Maggie Ernst knew their classmates would come through.

The two started up a clothing drive as part of their efforts with the Future Business Leaders of America, and challenged their peers to bring in as many items as possible—with a pizza party on the line.

From Nov. 14 through Nov. 26, students donated 400 items of winter clothing and gently used dress apparel. The effort not only helped stock Lemont's Goodwill location, but also won the girls first place at the regional FBLA competition at Lincoln-Way East Jan. 18. Each year, the LHS chapter of FBLA chapter competes in regional and state competitions. The clothing drive was part of an entry in the "Community Service" competition.

"We chose the drive to benefit the whole community, and to get the entire school involved," said Maggie Ernst. "We had a lot of support from the school community." 

The winning class—the girls' Humanities class—won top prize and enough pizza to go around.

Ernst and Lynn received medals and will move on to the state level of the competition, March 28–29 in Springfield, Ill.

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