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Clothing drive fills truckload

Bowman Trucking lends its wheels to Williamsport Elementary

Bowman Trucking lends its wheels to Williamsport Elementary

December 21, 2009|By JANET HEIM

When second-grade teacher Megan Small envisioned a schoolwide clothing drive at Williamsport Elementary School, she never imagined it would take the help of a local trucking company to deliver the goods.

Small is co-chair of the activities committee at the school, the committee that organized the drive. The idea was for students to bring in specified clothing items each day during the week of Nov. 9, with clothing donated to Children In Need Inc.

The students in Small's class "oversaw" the drive. With the help of parent volunteers, the students counted and collected the items donated for each day.

Due to the volume collected, D.M. Bowman Trucking transported the donations to Children In Need free of charge, Small said.

On the first day of the drive, 1,940 shirts and tops were received. On the second day, 1,489 pairs of pants were donated. On Wednesday of that week, 905 undergarments and winter accessories came in, while 464 pairs of gently used shoes were donated the next day.

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To round out the week, 460 coats were received, for a total of 5,258 items total.

Small's class collected the most items at 634. Dan Henderson's fifth-graders brought in 547 pieces of clothing, while Jennifer Blum's third-grade class donated 439 items.

"Honestly, I never dreamed of this being such a success the first year," Small wrote in an e-mail.

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