(Photo by Misty Morris)

Photo by Misty Morris

I be on my suit and tie

Club gathers gently used suits to give to needy students

March 27, 2015

The school’s Interact Club is currently sponsoring “Suit Up for Success,” a professional clothing drive that helps young men be able to dress the part for scholarship and job interviews. A variety of suits, slacks, dress shirts, ties, shoes and belts are available to juniors and seniors for free in Room 24 until the racks are cleared.

The idea began when teacher Jenny Walker considered the fact that many students are at a disadvantage when it comes to interviews and job opportunities. She decided to take action.

“A group of teachers and I were talking about students who were unable to attend the Homecoming dance in the fall because they didn’t have appropriate clothing,” Walker said. “I thought that if these young men didn’t have anything to wear to a dance, then they probably didn’t have anything to wear for scholarship or job interviews either. I wanted to help.”

Interact club is a student organization that focuses on improving the community. The club has taken it upon themselves to help out students who don’t have access to the attire they are in need of.

“The club came in with Ms. Walker a few weekends ago and her room was full of suits and ties and pants,” junior Interact Club President Paige Copeland said. “We hung everything up and split them up by sizes. We got all of our donations from people around the community.”

Walker and the club feel strongly that the Suit Up Program will be very beneficial for many students as they move on to higher level occupations that sometimes require a little more than jeans and a t-shirt.

“Our students work hard to prepare mentally for the next step after high school, but it is difficult to compete in a professional world when you can’t dress the part,” Walker said. “Our hope is that once these young men have successful careers, they will remember the generosity of our community and give back to Texas High so that future generations can have the same opportunity.”

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