The Sumter High School International Baccalaureate program, in partnership with the Sumter YWCA, will hold a Walk Against Domestic Violence on Saturday morning, Oct. 12.
The students are collecting the following items for the YWCA until the walk: monetary donations, cleaning products, detergent, dryer sheets, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, soap, liquid dish soap, deodorant, toilet paper, hand towels, paper plates, plastic cups, plastic cutlery, napkins, wash cloths and bath towels.
The general public can drop donations off at the walk on Saturday or at the YWCA, 246 Church St., during regular office hours Monday-Friday throughout the year.
Students, parents and faculty members can drop off donations in the main office of Sumter High School on McCrays Mill Road.
"This is a part of the International Baccalaureate program's service and leadership curriculum, CAS, which stands for Creativity, Activity and Service," Ann-Frances Brown, IB CAS teacher at Sumter High School, said. "Students in IB CAS select global issues they are passionate about and research ways to address the issue in their local community. Two male IB seniors started the walk almost 15 years ago because they could see the negative effects of domestic violence on children and their families in the Sumter community. Senior co-chairs, Arianna Parker and Andrea Clark, have worked hard to organize and implement this project again this year."
Anyone can attend this free event. Walkers will meet in front of the courthouse steps on Harvin Street before 9 a.m. on Saturday.
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