by Maddie Robertson
Marian has never been a school to shy away from giving back to the community. Although its most recent supply drive still benefited those in need, the drive was more unique in the sense that the items collected were ones never asked for before: feminine products.
The feminine product drive, which ran from the week of Feb. 26-March 2, was hosted by the Girls4Girls Club and the Young Politicians Club.
With one box of tampons costing $7, the average woman can spend thousands of dollars on feminine products throughout her lifetime. However, some women cannot afford to pay for these goods, or they do not have access to them to begin with.
“We decided it would be a great idea to host a drive to get menstrual products for women since they’re so expensive, yet so essential,” junior Maria Piperis, co-president of Girls4Girls Club, said.
At the time of the drive itself, three of the four leaders of Girls4Girls and Young Politicians were attending the Harvard Model Congress, so it was up to junior Elizabeth Joka to run the drive.
“I had to make posters and organize everything and finalize details. And I worked on getting the word around,” Joka said.
Throughout the week, the club members shared facts about feminine supplies during homeroom, had women’s health practitioner Mrs. Teresa Kenney, mother of junior Anna Kenney, come in to answer questions about menstrual cycles and promised a free dress day for the homeroom that brought in the most products. The two clubs and members of the Faith In Action team also decorated and hung posters around the school advertising the drive.
With the help of the efforts of students and faculty, Marian was able to collect 130 boxes of feminine supplies, with math teacher Mr. Kent Bray’s homeroom bringing in the most items.
The supplies will be taken to the Lydia House, an Open Door Mission shelter specializing in care for women and young children.
Although the clubs collected more than anticipated, Piperis believes the Marian community can surpass its first collection total. “With the number of students at Marian, there’s still a lot of room for improvement. I’d love to make this drive annual and hopefully see improvement every year,” Piperis said.
While being an all-girls school has guaranteed a better understanding of the importance of feminine supplies, Joka thinks there is still a long way to go to educate all members of the community about periods.
“It’s kind of weird, I feel like there’s a stigma, even at an all-girls school. It’s something we shouldn’t be ashamed about. It needs to be normalized,” Joka said.