By Staff Writer Andrew Magyar
Wintertime in Washington is when donations are needed the most. The weather can be rainy and freezing, a potentially dangerous combination for the local homeless. That’s where the Winter Warmth Project steps in. Timberline’s Winter Warmth project is an annual school-wide project in which the school collects fleece from students and faculty. Later, those who volunteer come together to make winter blankets out of the fleece that was collected. This year, the project aims to make 200 blankets. The project is not only a school-wide act of community service; it also acts as a competition between classes.
Those who volunteer to help make blankets are rewarded with hot chocolate, festive music, and even community service hours, and the winning class, of course, enjoys bragging rights, prized by all. But does a class competition undermine the honest intentions behind the project? There is a potential for school-wide projects such as the Winter Warmth project to be taken advantage of by freshmen and seniors keen on making memorable first and last impressions as opposed to those who choose to lend a hand with wholesome motives. Does competition help prompt students to take part in school-wide acts of charity? “It helps overall,” says sophomore Dylan Clagett. “If you’re in between [freshman and seniors], I don’t really think it helps [but] it helps if you’re a freshman or senior because I feel like those are the classes that do the most because freshmen are new and seniors are just leaving.”
Donations for fleece started on November 8th, and continue until December 10th. Students can come together to help make the winter blankets on December 12th in the commons, which will be distributed to the homeless in downtown Olympia on December 14th.