|After class, the teachers sort the second-hand clothes to store in the warehouse. Photo vietnamnet.vn
THANH HOÁ — A second-hand clothes warehouse of Quan Sơn High School in Thanh Hoá Province has provided many poor students with new clothes.
Nguyễn Minh Đạo, the school's principal, said the clothes warehouse was set up at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year for students in difficult circumstances.
The school has nearly 700 students, of which 93 per cent are ethnic minorities. The school administrators feared some children would be embarrassed to use the warehouse.
"The teachers must do the ideological work so that the students understand the meaning of the warehouse and be ready to accept it," the principal said.
At first, students were shy, but when the teacher explained that old clothes were still useful, they took the old clothes home.
"Many items are still new because shop owners couldn't sell them or they went out of fashion, so they donated to the school. The students found them," Nguyễn Minh Đạo said.
The old-clothes warehouse was always full. Teachers in the school called relatives and friends and even called on social networks for support.
Many faraway sponsors sent clothes on passenger buses to teachers on duty to receive goods. Some individuals could not come directly to the school so teachers went to them.
"The children's families are in difficulty. So the school calls for old clothes to be donated that are not only used by the students but also for them to bring back to their relatives. Even though it's a small action, it makes them feel secure to study," said teacher Đào Văn Phúc.
"Although donating old clothes to the poor is a small job, it has great human value, contributing to spreading good things, thereby raising the awareness and responsibility of each person to the community and the whole society."
He said the warehouse was neatly arranged and full of clothes for all ages. People and students in the area, when needed, could come and take them back home to use.
Not only has the 'free second-hand clothes warehouse' model Quan Sơn High School also has a model of collecting old plastic cans in the school.
"This model gives students a sense of environmental protection right where they study, helping them to be more aware in life and society," said Nguyễn Minh Đạo, the school's principal. VNS