City has seen a handful of new clubs popping up this year, including Girl Up City High and Mock Trial. One of the most prominent ones is the new City Service Club. The goal of this club is to provide CAS opportunities for all students grades 7-12 and promote the values of kindness, empathy, and volunteering in our school community.
Recently, City Service Club has been planning an event called City Thrift that was held on December 6 in the cafeteria. Through this event, students were able to donate their used and unwanted clothes by placing them in buckets outside the media center. On December 6, all the clothes were arranged in the cafeteria so that students were able to go through and pick out some new items for their wardrobe. The event was free of charge and available to all students enrolled at City and any family members interested in coming by.
The goal of this event was to raise awareness of the effect that clothes production has on the environment, fight against fast-fashion industries, and provide clothes free of charge to those in need. To promote the event, Service Club members created posters with alarming facts from the fast fashion industry during one of their bi-monthly meetings. Did you know that globally we now consume about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year? This is 400% more than the amount we were consuming just two decades ago. By consuming used clothes, we are able to offset the amount of clothes being produced and in turn help to reduce the effects of global warming. This event also benefits the City community as it provides free clothing to those in need with no additional cost or stigmas attached.
After the City Thrift event, the club plans to host other service opportunities and events for all involved in the club. In October, the club hosted a river clean up event and was able to clean up trash at Riverside Park with around twenty students. Future plans could include trail clean-ups, volunteering at shelters and soup kitchens, food drives, and many others.
If you would like to become a part of this club, listen to the announcements as club meetings will always be announced in this way. Club meetings are usually held after school on Wednesdays in Mr. Rizley’s room once or twice a month. If you have any questions (or more service ideas!) contact the club presidents, Jordan Orr or Gabe Perez.