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Students conduct Teens for Jeans drive

Lafayette High students with some of the jeans collected during the 2014 drive.

Lafayette High students with some of the jeans collected during the 2014 drive.

Lafayette High School senior Chase Rose is passionate about service. As a member of the National Honor Society, he’s been involved in many different things. However, there is one project he is particularly passionate about.

“Not many people are really aware that there is actually a problem with homeless teens,” Rose explained. “There are approximately 1.7 million homeless teens in the United States.”

For the second year, Rose is trying to help those teens with the LHS Jeans Drive.

“I got the idea from dosomething.org, an organization for young people that aims at making social change,” Rose said. “I chose to take part in their ‘Teens for Jeans’ campaign. It focuses on collecting jeans for local homeless teens.”

Last year, Rose and National Honor Society students collected nearly 200 pairs of new or gently used jeans that were distributed to homeless teens in the St. Louis region. This year, they hope to beat that number.

“We want to collect as many jeans as possible and help as many homeless teens as we can in the St. Louis community”, said Rose. “Our goal is to double the number of jeans we collected last year.”

Jeans can be dropped off for donation at the following locations through Jan. 31:

• Mathnasium, 2446 Taylor Road in Wildwood

• Dierbergs Market, 2460 Taylor Road in Wildwood Town Center

And through Feb. 7 at these locations:

• Lapels, 121 Plaza Drive in Wildwood Town Center

• Smoothie King, 15825 Fountain Plaza Drive in Ellisville

Additional information about the LHS Teens for Jeans campaign can be found online at lhsjeansdrive.com.

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