Margaret Buerkle and Bernard middle school students joined forces last week collecting jeans in an effort to win the national Teens for Jeans competition, according to a news release from the school district.
Friendly competition turned into friendly cooperation on Thursday, as students from Margaret Buerkle Middle School and Bernard Middle School teamed up in an effort to win the national Teens For Jeans competition.
The Aeropostale clothing company sponsors the annual contest, which collects blue jeans for homeless teenagers and awards $10,000 to the school who collects the most
Bernard students took part in the competition last year, and after hearing about the project students at Buerkle decided to take part this year, according to the release.
After comparing collection amounts, Bernard students donated their 500 pairs of jeans to Buerkle students, who had collected an estimated 2,000 pairs of jeans.
“I think it’s great that the students decided to work as a team for this contest. It shows a lot of character that they can put the competition aside and see the bigger picture. That’s exactly what we are teaching in the Mehlville school district," Bernard Principal Lori Sullivan said in the release.