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Originally published: 2013-01-30 16:41:56
Last modified: 2013-01-30 16:42:06

CMS takes on Teens for Jeans challenge

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Cranberry Middle School students are on a campaign to gather as many pairs of donated jeans as possible by Thursday, Feb. 7.

The program, called “Teens for Jeans,” aims to bring together a massive collection of donated blue jeans to help clothe America’s homeless teenagers, which event organizers and Aeropostale said number more than 1.7 million. 

Anne Avery Foster of Cranberry Middle School has dedicated her time to initiating the cause, which the CMS students have taken up with enthusiasm. 

“I found this on the Internet through Aeropostale along with, and I decided it was something we could do, so we decided to start collecting jeans,” Avery Foster said. “If we are the school that collects the most, we could win $10,000, and all the kids get a hoodie with the school’s name on it from Aeropostale. The kids are very excited about it. They are thrilled at the idea of getting a hoodie. And that $10,000, we can use that in so many ways.”

According to Avery Foster, jeans of any size, shape or condition are acceptable and appreciated as donations.

To contribute unwanted jeans to the Teens for Jeans cause, simply bring them by CMS, where a donation box has been placed beneath and Teens for Jeans sign, or to Avery County Board of Education. In addition, Avery Foster is ready and willing to travel to pick up any jeans collected through church groups or other community organizations. All donations must be in to CMS by Thursday, Feb. 7.

For more information, call Avery foster at CMS at (828) 733-2932.