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LOWELLVILLE Jeans days wear well in school, put money in pockets of causes



Published: Mon, February 4, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



School donations have helped three Lowellville seniors diagnosed with cancer.

By PAUL WHEATLEY

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

LOWELLVILLE -- Each Friday, you'll find at least one grade of students breaking the school dress code in the Lowellville School District.

Each Friday these students roam halls and classrooms wearing jeans, which goes against the uniform policy enacted in 1999.

But each Friday, these raiment rebels are applauded for their efforts by both teachers and faculty because the students pay for their denim deeds.

They pay $1 each -- and it goes to help those in need.

So far, with all the Friday fees added up this school year, Lowellville's 620 students have raised more than $5,588 for area charities. Some of the proceeds also have gone to families facing hardship within the district.

"Really, the kids do everything for this," said Gene Jones, Lowellville High School principal.

Dividing funds: Jones said at least 50 percent of the money raised each jeans day goes to a specific charity such as the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, Shriners Hospital and others. The remainder goes into a class fund to be used for anything from helping students in need to paying for class functions.

Fees are collected by the principal.

Jones said jeans day began last school year, before he was hired as principal, in order to aid a senior diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease.

Pete Iudiciani, student council president, said although the fund-raiser is a good excuse to wear jeans for a day, it also feels good to help others.

This year, students have supported three fellow seniors that were diagnosed with cancer.

"The parents are really appreciative of how much we've given," Jones said.

Student classes or clubs must reserve Fridays for their specific cause in order to wear jeans and only the particular club or grade signed up for the day get to wear jeans.

The day has become so popular that every Friday has been reserved this year and people already area approaching Jones to reserve Fridays for the next school year.

wheatley@vindy.com




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