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Laker Effect Challenge team hosts uniform swap

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Posted on September 10, 2018

Continuing their Laker Effect Challenge, students and faculty members in the accelerated leadership program led a uniform swap in late August for parents who have students at Harrison Park elementary and middle schools.

Steven Scholten, who is majoring in liberal studies, said about 50 pieces of clothing were swapped at the event. Connections with 30 additional parents were made and the swap program has been active since.

Scholten and students Tami Chase, Anthony Hanline and Bridgett Shafter earned $1,000 at the Laker Effect Challenge in April to implement their idea. Scholten said the group purchased clothing; made connections with school administrators, parents, and businesses; and created a marketing campaign to spread awareness about the first uniform swap. Community help and financial support came from the Grain Sandwich Shop and Mitten Brewery.

Stephen Lovell, community school coordinator for Harrison Park, called the event a success.

"Students are growing and in many cases outgrow their uniforms before the end of the school year," Lovell said. "This program will help families keep their students in comfortable clothing while recycling their old uniforms."

The 19-month accelerated leadership program is supported by the Center for Adult and Continuing Studies. The program offers adult students opportunities to complete a liberal studies degree in an accelerated cohort model while learning the leadership skills employers require.