2017-09-14 / News

Common threads

Gently used dungarees, other clothing sought for community closet
BY LANIA ROCHA
810-452-2652 • lrocha@mihomepaper.com


Dave Simancek is collecting clothing to get a districtwide Threads program going at the Cage. 
Photo by Lania Rocha Dave Simancek is collecting clothing to get a districtwide Threads program going at the Cage. Photo by Lania Rocha SWARTZ CREEK – Jeans. The ones that haven’t been worn in a couple of years. The ones that are still good, so they take up space in closets, drawers and bins labeled “garage sale,” even though that sale is never going to happen.

Everyone has them. Anyone who wants to make room for new clothes while helping their community now can do so by donating their gently used dungarees to the Swartz Creek Community Schools “Threads” program.

“At the high school, they have a room where they have a lot of gently used clothes: shirts, sweatshirts, shoes, jeans, accessories,” said Dave Simancek, director of community education and the Child Development Center.

“So, if there are any kids in need of clothes at the high school, they can go there and pick out anything they want and take it home so they have something to wear to school. It’s especially helpful in those times where you might have some kids who are dressed inappropriately, but that’s all they have to wear.”

Going from a high school assistant principal last year to his new role, which includes oversight of the Cage Fieldhouse, Simancek decided to expand the program districtwide, utilizing available space at the Cage to hold the donations.

“We’re having a jeans drive in September,” Simancek said. “Anyone can turn in gently used jeans, any size, infant to adult, to the main office of any school or the Cage Fieldhouse.”

Simancek added that he hopes to transform the fieldhouse into more of a community center, “not just a place where people play basketball.”

“I think it’s a perfect place to bring people together from the district and community,” he said.

Simancek said the clothing drive sounded like a great way to get the program rolling. In addition to denims, other clothing will be accepted.

“They can drop off anything,” he said. “Staff will go through it and either put in Threads program or, if it’s something that isn’t appropriate or we can’t use, we’ll still make sure it gets donated to the Salvation Army or something.”

Peers Who Care and Deb Culver started the program at the high school, Simancek said.

“I thought it was such a great program, and that it was a shame all of our kids didn’t have access to it,” he said. “This (clothing drive) solves that problem.”

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