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Eighth-Graders Spearhead Citywide Clothing Drive

Two eighth grade students at Higgins Middle School, Katie Wallace and Matt D'Amato, have launched a citywide clothing drive to benefit other kids in need.

In their role as youthful ambassadors for promoting community service, Higgins Middle School students Katie Wallace and Matt D'Amato have launched a clothing drive, with the help of local officials, to benefit other kids in need.

The eighth-graders are serving as Peabody's representatives in this year's Project 351 initiative. The program is sponsored by Gov. Deval Patrick and encourages student involvement in community service and leadership development.

Mayor Ted Bettencourt, other local officials, faculty and staff gathered with Wallace and D'Amato Monday to kick off the Higgins Cares Peabody Clothing Drive, which lasts through April 10.

Residents are encouraged to donate new or gently used children's clothing and footwear and they can be in sizes from newborn up to children's XXL.

Drop-off boxes for clothing donations will be placed at various locations throughout the city during the drive, including at schools, City Hall and certain Peabody businesses.

Jeannie Hallinan April 03, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Awesome job Katie and Mattie! My Mom and Dad always taught me that it is better to give than to receive. I hope you feel the pride in knowing that you are unselfishly giving of yourself to help those in need. Thank you for setting a wonderful example for not only your classmates, but all the citizens of Peabody!
Anne Manning-Martin April 04, 2013 at 09:49 AM
Well said, Jeannie. Good work Katie and Matt - you make great examples for us all!
Amber Moutsoulas April 08, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Great job Katie and Matt! Keep up the good work.

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