After reading last week's Independent article about homeless students Louise McMillin wanted to take action. She called up Washington Middle School—where her son is a seventh grader—and asked if they had any homeless students enrolled. When the school confirmed it did, McMillin decided to start a localized fundraising project.
Make that hyper-localized.
McMillin spent Thursday morning walking her two-block section of 2nd Street near Bernice's Bakery, passing out flyers she'd made just hours before. She's calling it the "2nd Street Project," and she's asking neighbors to send donations to Washington Middle School or Paxson Elementary, the schools nearest her neighborhood, to help students in financial need. So far she's collected $10.
"I really like to keep things local," McMillin says. "I think it draws the neighborhood together and really helps everybody get to know one another."
McMillin says she spoke with the principal of Paxson and a counselor at Washington before heading out Thursday, and both sounded enthusiastic to receive donations from any neighbors interested in helping those less fortunate. McMillin encourages people to send their contributions directly to one of the two schools, though she did list her contact information on the flyer.
"The world is so full of so much that we just feel overwhelmed," McMillin says. "What can we do? I thought, 'I'm going to keep it on 2nd Street' and hopefully people will go, 'Yea, I live on 2nd Street, I can do this.'"
For more information, contact Louise McMillin at 406-880-9981.