A step forward in girls’ education

After viewing “He Named Me Malala,” students lead clothing drive

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Karla Solorzano

Committee members prepare boxes for donations.

Karla Solorzano, Photographer

After watching He Named Me Malala on Oct. 27, sophomores in Chris Davis’ and Jennifer Davis’ humanities course will help girls around the globe by collecting gently used clothes from all period 5 classes.

Sophomore Karin Najarian, one of the students leading the clothing drive, said that she believes you should always speak your mind even if it’s difficult. “I think [the film] broadened my perspective of the world,” she said. “There are so many people in countries like Pakistan that live in fear of their house getting bombed. There are so many girls that are deprived of education and the inequality made me angry.”

The clothing that students donate will be given to Schoola, which sells the clothing and then gives 40 percent of all proceeds from the donations to the Malala Fund, whose purpose it is to help girls’ education in underserved areas around the globe.

Schoola will have the help of DonorsChoose, a charity which allowed the Davis’ class to see the film last month. DonorsChoose has raised over $2 million to pay for over 100,618 students to see the film as of Nov. 3. He Named Me Malala, a film that tells Yousafzai’s story in Pakistan and her current life in England, has made over $2.2 million since it opened Oct. 2.

Students from the Davis’ Humanities class took plastic bags to fifth period classes on Nov. 3. Sophomore Anna Herrin said she will be participating in the drive because her friends will also be donating clothes. “I have a lot of clothes I need to get rid of,” she said.

After the bags have been filled with fairly new clothing by Nov. 18, they will be shipped to the Schoola. Students who are managing the drive will be weighing the bags the following day. The class with the most donations will be awarded donuts on Nov. 20.

Sophomore Rosalinda Villa Parra who read Yousafzai’s book, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, is in charge of the drive and said she hopes to be the class with the highest amount in clothing donations. “I hope that those who are participating in this drive should not take it for granted,” she said. “They should spread the word and get others involved.”