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This year is the third annual Holiday Shoebox Drive for homeless children in the 253. The drive works this way: students can fill up an open shoebox with toys, school supplies, and clothing. This drive is particularly special because it’s completely up to the students to decide what to give to children ages 2-4, 5-9, 10-14, and 15-18. The options and possibilities are limitless, besides a couple  banned products such as used or damaged goods, medication, vitamins, chocolate, or food. SHS Leadership is hoping to increase last year’s total of 152 shoeboxes, to 253, due to the area code of the high school.

There are several drop-off locations around Steilacoom High School depending on a student’s class advisor. Freshman can hand their boxes to Ms. Bochenek, located next to the cafeteria, deep into the hallway. Mrs. Clapp will take sophomore boxes; her classroom is to the right of the library. The junior advisor, Mrs. Sortore and the senior advisor, Mrs. Weyhrauch are both upstairs–they can take boxes for the class of 2018 and 2019. The shoebox drive is coordinated by Leadership and led by senior Malini Baker. Once the drive is complete, the boxes will be donated to LASA or to the Living Access Support Alliance, a local group that works to combat homelessness.

This year, Leadership collectively agreed to only grant winter wishes to those who donate a shoebox or an item to the drive as a way to incorporate the act of giving and receiving. Baker, who has been the head coordinator for three years, believes “it’s a great cause and LASA is very grateful for Steilacoom High School’s contributions.” The drive ends on December 13th so please consider donating to make a child’s holiday season special.

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