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An elementary school student saw a need and reached out to classmates and staff to provide clothing to those in need.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Olivia Poehler provided a presentation at her school that resulted in a clothing closet being filled with donations. This holiday season a Sherwood fourth-grader, Olivia Poehler, reminded J. Clyde Hopkins Elementary School students and staff that one small person can make a big difference in the community.

After volunteering at the Sherwood Family Resource Center (SHARE) -- where the clothing closet, sock and underwear bins were nearly empty -- Poehler decided to organize a donation drive at her school. She met with her principal, Penny Salm to present her idea and collaborated on a PowerPoint presentation with her neighbor, Chloe McHatton. The two girls presented to every classroom in the school.

On day one of the drive, Poehler hoped for a couple of bags of basics to contribute to the SHARE clothing closet. But, the generosity of students and staff at Hopkins Elementary was staggering. By the final day of the drive, Poehler had collected a total of 1,200 items.

Poehler said, "I saw the empty bins and it made me sad".

After sorting supplies in the clothing closet with her mother, she also found herself wanting to increase awareness about the SHARE Center and its resources. Poehler said, "I can't believe people don't know about this – even teachers. It could help so many kids."

For more information about SHARE, visit sherwood.k12.or.us/departments/special-programs/share-center or call 503-825 5480.

By Mandy Feder-Sawyer
Reporter, Beaverton Valley Times
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