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April 18, 2012

South student groups show their Goodwill

TERRE HAUTE — Two student organizations at Terre Haute South Vigo High School conducted a schoolwide drive and collected about 50 bags of items to donate to Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries.

The South Vigo African American Enrichment Club and the National Honor Society conducted the drive as part of Earth Day activities.

“We’re all about giving back to the community, and there’s no better way to do that then giving what we have and don’t necessarily need to those who do need it,” said Neelay Purohit, National Honor Society president at South.

He donated books, while Brenda Amwayi, president of the African American Enrichment Club, donated clothing.

“It’s great if someone else can use it if I can’t,” Amwayi said. “There’s no point in letting it sit at home.”

Math teacher Mae White sponsors both student organizations.

On Tuesday, representatives of Goodwill picked up the items, which included clothes, shoes, backpacks, coats and a few small appliances.

Students set up bins in the cafeteria and throughout school and collected items each day during third hour for about a week

Marlene Cox, who oversees business development at Goodwill, said the donations help those in need and create employment opportunities for those who otherwise might not have a job.

Goodwill’s mission “is to help those with disabilities and special needs find work,” she said.

South social studies teacher Dave Heath said the student effort “shows the character of the kids involved” and it also says a lot about their sponsor, White, who could not be present Tuesday when Goodwill visited South.

“It’s the kind of thing that makes you feel good when you see people reaching out to others like that,” Heath said.

Sue Loughlin can be reached at (812) 231-4235 or sue.loughlin@tribstar.com.

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