The GS Thrift Store proudly raised $1,000 for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico during the 2017–2018 school year.
Josie O’Neal-Odom ’19 took the lead in running the program this year. Josie says the success of the program this year was based getting the word out about the shop. “A big part of this year was making the thrift store public knowledge. We sent out emails, we were on the weekend activities list, we made announcements during assembly, and we started an Instagram page,” said Josie. “This significantly affected how many people came in each Friday.”
The idea for GS Thrift was born in Becky Hutchins’ IB Environmental Systems and Societies class three years ago. Agnes Gummere ’16, Adrianna Morales ’16, and Brandon Ratcliff ’16 were juniors who saw an opportunity to make use of a resource they had seen George School students be careless with—clothing.
Instead of just discarding clothes at the end of the year or donating them to an outside thrift shop, the trio hoped to resell the clothing to the George School community and use the profits to make sizable donations to charities each year. The store has been thriving ever since.
The shop is currently housed on the lower level of Alumni Gym. She coordinated volunteer teams and helped establish routines that made the program a success, according to Becky. Ashleigh Curry ’20 and Kate Levesque ’20 were also big contributors.
GS Thrift will re-open in the fall.