While people were enjoying a three-day holiday weekend, a group of teen agers from the advanced placement environmental science and Spanish classes at Deerfield High School had other plans.
They spent the Columbus Day weekend running the annual rummage sale to raise money to build homes in Costa Rica over spring break. The proceeds will be used to build homes in the Central American country, according to teacher Jeff Hoyer who supervises the program.
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The annual event broke last year’s record by more than $3,000, according to Township High School District 113 Communications Director Natalie Kaplan. She said more than $18,600 came in.
“We raised enough to build two homes (in Costa Rica) over spring break,” Hoyer said.
The students collected the goods, arranged them for sale and worked as sales clerks for the weekend. There were enough clothes, toys and other items to fill tables throughout the cafeteria. Clothing was arranged and folded by the students according to size and gender.
“This is a really nice group of kids,” Hoyer said. “Over 100 volunteers gave more than 100 hours.” The items which were not sold were donated to charities.
The entire project is not just about raising money to build the homes. There is a lot of education involved.
The sale is part of a program at the school where students learn not only how poverty impact people, but the environment where everyone lives, according to a September news release from the District.