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Alexander Galt Regional High School has been abuzz this week with its very own thrift store, open for students and teachers alike!
Students Elena Nadeau, Leonie Gilles, Nele Schimmelpfennig and Rylee Wilson organized the shop as part of their leadership class project in hopes of raising money to donate to The Pet Connection, a non-profit in Lennoxville aimed at saving the lives of animals without a proper home.
The group formed first and foremost from the desire to help these pets in need, but the members weren’t sure where to start.
At first, they considered smaller donation boxes and food sales, before being informed of the previous running of a thrift store two years prior, which was unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic.
With the help of their teacher Tannia Escobar Cortes, the girls took it upon themselves to revive the project by sacrificing lunch hours and study blocks to get everything ready.
The room took weeks to set up with the team having to comb through hundreds of items from new donations and remnants of the old project to ensure quality, all while making sure everything was ready on time.
At first they were worried that only a few people might show up, but after the first day opened and with word of mouth spreading, the space quickly became packed with students buying up to dozens of pieces at a time.
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