Sierra College students aim to raise supplies, clothing for E.V. Cain

By: Sara Seyydin, Journal Staff Writer
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Sierra College?s STOP Club ? Students Taking on Poverty ? is bringing their mission to Auburn. The group of students is hosting a clothing and supply drive to benefit students of E.V. Cain Charter Middle School. Donations can be made today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria at Sierra College, or on May 1 and 2. When volunteers from two of the college?s other student organizations, the Puente Club and Student Senate, volunteered their time to tutor at E.V. Cain, STOP Club wanted to know how they could get involved, too. ?Our goal for this fundraiser is to provide these students in need with clothing and school supplies to give them a better atmosphere for learning,? Kilpatrick said. She said finding a way to end poverty on both local and national fronts has been the club?s biggest challenge, but the opportunity to help students at E.V. Cain aligned with their goals perfectly. Assistant Principal Patricia Leftridge said everyone has been impacted by the economy and school supplies and clothing will go a long way for many students. Leftridge said the partnership between Sierra College students and E.V. Cain all began with a conversation with a former student who now attends Sierra College. Now, aside from the tutoring and positive role models, students will have some basic necessities. She said whether it?s poster board for a school project or new clothes to replaces ones they have outgrown, any donations will help the students. ?It was like this win, win, win that all came from this conversation,? Leftridge said. ?We just appreciate these Sierra College kids like you would not believe.? Sawyer Sewell recently joined STOP Club and said making a difference in ending poverty, on a local and global scale, is what he enjoys most about it. There is no better feeling than helping those in need,? Sewell said. ?In this club I feel like I?m truly making a difference to the community.? Reach Sara Seyydin at, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News.