The holiday season is all about giving back, and this is something the staff and students at Richardson excel in every school year. On December 7th, 2015, the newly renamed club Students without Borders did their share in providing for those in need by launching their first ever winter clothing drive called “Threads for Teens”. Their goal was to collect any form of clothing/blankets to donate to the youth shelter “Joanne’s House” in Ajax. Additionally, they had a bake sale in the cafeteria on the final collection day, December 16th, where they sold delicious treats such as oreo brookies and cupcakes in order to raise funds for the shelter. After all of their hard work, the group managed to collect a total of 678 pieces of clothing and raised over $70! When asked about the success of the drive, Ramisha Rashid, leader of the action plan, said: “The clothing drive was one of our first events this year and it was a huge success. We’re really happy with the amount of clothing we’ve received and how it will help our local community.”
Previously known as United Richardson, Students without Borders is a club that has been revamped this year by grade 12 students Ramisha Rashid and Tharmela Ganendralingam along with staff advisors Mr. Lezetc and Mr. Beatty. Their meetings focus on discussing global issues and brainstorming ways to implement change within our society. “I’m very happy with where this club is going,” expresses Mr. Lezetc, “The clothing drive ran very smoothly and I look forward to future initiatives run by these students.” The club is open to anyone who wishes to join; they meet every Monday at lunch in Room 3210.