More than 8,000 denim items donated for 2017 Denim Drive

Goodwill, the Chesterfield County Council of PTAs and Chesterfield County Public Schools partnered last month to host the ninth annual Denim Drive competition. Schools from across Chesterfield County collected gently used denim, which will be cleaned by Goodwill and repurposed for use by Central Virginia residents.

“Community service is an important component of educating the whole child,” said School Board member Rob Thompson, who serves as the Board’s liaison to the PTA County Council. “Through support of the Denim Drive, our schools participated in a friendly competition that will assist those in need within our community. It’s a win-win for all of us and reinforces for students the importance of good citizenship.”

As an incentive to participate, the top three schools at each level that collected the most denim won a cash prize. This year’s competition was close with only a few pieces of denim separating winners in each of the categories. Winners were announced at the Oct. 10 School Board meeting. Clover Hill High, which collected more than 1,000 pieces of denim, was declared a repeat grand champion. Other winners included:

2017 Denim Drive Winners:

Elementary School

  • Clover Hill Elementary – $1,250
  • J.B. Watkins Elementary – $750
  • Grange Hall Elementary – $500

Middle School

  • Bailey Bridge Middle – $1,000
  • Robious Middle – $750
  • Midlothian Middle – $500

High School

  • Clover Hill High – $1,250 (Grand Champion)
  • Midlothian High – $750
  • Cosby High – $500

Student Leadership Award – Sai Poluri, Midlothian High, for his work in spearheading his school’s campaign

“We were excited to host this two-weekend event at Bird High and the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @ Hull and look forward to celebrating a decade’s worth of a partnership this year,” Superintendent Dr. James Lane said. “To collect more than 8,000 pieces of denim – including a record 4,600 pieces in one day – is amazing and shows that Team Chesterfield is committed to supporting those in need in our region.”