BY VICTORIA MARTIN
Since childhood, many people have participated in the act of trading. From trading snacks at lunch to growing up and trading shifts at work, it’s not uncommon to see swaps within society. Now, several CCHS clubs are bringing the practice to campus. Key Club, Environmental Club and the Thespians are holding a clothing swap on Saturday, January 11 from 1 to 4 p.m in the cafeteria.
The event is being held after the holidays, which allows for people within the community to update or clean out their wardrobes after receiving new clothes through holiday gifts.
“I think the clothing swap is a great idea to try and give back to our community and the people in it,” Key Club Vice President Melody Wood said. “It’s a great way to recycle old clothes you may not wear anymore and give others a chance to appreciate it.”
The clothing swap is open to students and the community. A week prior to the event, the collection of old clothes will begin. Drop off centers will be located at the carline before and after school, the auditorium after school and the main office throughout the school day.
“There is a lot of waste in the clothing industry and, even though it’s a small step, it’s an important one to take,” Thespians President Rylee Berger said. “Every small thing makes a difference.”
“There is a lot of waste in the clothing industry and, even though it’s a small step, it’s an important one to take.”
But people can still bring in clothing on the day of the event. Each bag of clothing must be labeled with the donater’s name and grade, if applicable.
On the day of the event, people will receive a ticket with the number of items that they donated. In turn, that number will be the maximum amount of items a person will be allowed to “shop” for in the swap. Restrooms within the cafeteria will serve as dressing rooms for those who attend. Tables will also be organized by clothing and size to allow for easy shopping.
Any leftover clothing after the swap is complete will be donated to a charity organization. Shopping bags will also be sold at this event and any profit made will also be donated to a charity organization.
“I hope … that people are inspired to do their own clothing swaps or similar environmentally friendly events,” Berger said. “I want the swap to show people that being environmentally friendly can be really easy and fun. I hope that people come ready to revamp their closets and have some fun with their community.”