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Ray-Pec middle schoolers collect 7,000+ lbs. of clothes in fundraiser

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During the weeklong clothing drive, Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School collected 4,500 pounds on just the first day. The amount of donations surpassed anyone's expectations. During the weeklong clothing drive, Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School collected 4,500 pounds on just the first day. The amount of donations surpassed anyone's expectations.
RAYMORE, MO (KCTV) -

A Raytown mother's idea to get others recycling is paying off for her children's school.

Kaycie Reasoner started a clothing drive at her son's middle school in Raymore, and in just one week, the school ran out of places to put it all.

During the weeklong clothing drive, Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School collected 4,500 pounds on just the first day. The amount of donations surpassed anyone's expectations.

One bag full of clothes after another, the seventh- and eighth-graders packed a truck and a school bus Tuesday full of items from their closets. Now, they're sending it all off to Goodwill.

"I'm amazed. I have been amazed. I didn't expect for it to be like this," Reasoner said.

It was all Reasoner's idea. Her son is a student at the school, and she needed to fulfill a community project for a class she is taking in sustainability at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

"I wanted to raise awareness in the community about recycling textiles," she said.

The students were even encouraged to donate the stained or ripped clothing, the lone glove or spare sock, because even though those items can't be sold in Goodwill stores, the nonprofit can recycle them into things like moving mats or mechanic rags.

Textile recycling is keeping thousands of pounds of clothing out of landfills. The project went hand-in-hand with the school's LEED Certification and National Green Week.

"I just gave them here so they would go to a good cause," seventh-grader Connor Hoeck said.

David Mitchell, the school's principal, says it is just another example of the generosity of the students and the entire community.

"With each weigh-in, the enthusiasm began to build as they saw the sheer magnitude of their combined efforts," Mitchell said.

They ended up collecting more than 7,208 pounds of material, an effort Reasoner says deserves some recognition.

"I hope I get an A," she laughs. "I don't know, some extra credit ... something."

The donated items will all end up at Goodwill's retail operation center to be recycled back into someone's closet or made into another type of material.

The clothing drive was also a fundraiser for the school. Goodwill paid the school for every pound of clothing collected.

The fundraiser is available for any other school wanting to do the same, just contact Goodwill at 816-842-7425.

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