Middleton High School Seniors Hold Period Drive
When most people think of organizing a drive for a food pantry, boxes of cereal or stacks of canned goods come to mind. And indeed, most food banks are need of these items. But they’re often also in need of something else—something donated much less often: menstrual products. That’s why some high school seniors at Middleton High School, part of the National Charity League (NCL) – Madison Area Chapter, decided to do hold a drive focused exclusively on menstrual products. They called it the Period Drive.
“We wanted to draw attention to something that half the population goes through and yet also something that people seem uncomfortable with: periods. Period products are often overlooked as a donation to MOM. Menstruation occurs monthly meaning supplies run out quickly,” explained Melissa Ahn and Shanna Wiegand, the project directors. Because it is taboo to talk about menstruation, many people aren’t even aware the need exists.
NCL members designed and hung posters and distributed flyers throughout Middleton High School and the community. “Our project honored one of NCL’s core values: ‘Empowering women with the skills and confidence to lead.’ The project advocates menstruation as a healthy part of a woman’s life rather than one causing shame,” the girls said.
Over the course of two weeks, they collected 2000 individual items, 35 pounds, of unopened pads, tampons and liners.
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