Aquagirls give back via The Body Shop
In the back of Newton Senior High School language arts teacher and girls’ swim coach Sarah Patterson’s classroom are two lockers — one labeled “girls” and one labeled “boys” — flanked by a sign that touts “The Body Shop.”
Within these lockers sit the beginnings of what Patterson hopes will blossom into a thriving service project year after year in the form of shampoo, razors, deodorant and laundry detergent. The shop, open to any NHS student, is an effort put together by the Aquagirls to help students who may be in need of personal care items.
“The sports teams are all supposed to take on a service project or do something for the community,” Patterson said. “This has been in the back of my mind the last couple years. If there’s a need, it might not always be something the student can do something about. It’s about an awareness of what it takes to go out and be successful in the world, to be ready for a job interview and the self-esteem of feeling good about yourself.”
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