Eartlier this year, students from Chavez Middle School in Hayward began collecting used blue jeans to donate to homeless teenagers as part of a campaign by the Aeropostale clothing company. This reuse project intended to serve two purposes- keep clothing out of landfills & provide quality, fashionable clothing to those in need.
After the earthquake in Haiti, students turned their efforts to supporting Haiti's earthquake victims. Students, Parents (of Bowman Elementary), Teachers and District employees brought slightly worn jeans and one 8th grader brought a pair of new jeans. Y.E.P. cooridnator Karen Byers recalls the great feeling she got when she handed over the bag of softly worn jeans. This event brought
Everyone smiled when they heard the impact they provided for the Haitians. On Valentines Day February 14, 2010, students created a chart of how many jeans were donated. Chavez's initial goal was 500, but for the school 500 was not enough, so with the participation of great students and staff they turned in 619 pairs of jeans. To celebrate this effort, students will represent the success with a giant poster for future students to see and remember what YEP means to community.