Are those old cell phones taking up valuable storage space? Dearing Elementary School has a solution.
Principal Linda Grisham knows what to do with them; she says donate them to help in the fight against cancer.
Dearing Elementary School faculty member Sandy Meadows poses with the poster and box the school is using in the community to collect old cell phones.
Dearing Elementary is participating in the Relay for Life once again this year, and one of the school's first fundraising activities is a cell phone drive.
Money for phones donated in the drive will go to the American Cancer Society.
The school wanted to get started raising money early this year, especially because cancer has touched the lives of several connected to the DES family.
"These are the kinds of things where we have seen results," Dr. Grisham said. "And I think our school comes together believing that something can be done, and it can be through research and giving and supporting."
The idea for the cell phone drive came from Sandy Meadows, a faculty member who has led the way with fundraising options for the school's relay team, according to Dr. Grisham.
While searching for opportunities to raise money for the event, Mrs. Meadows came across a company that recycles cell phones. She ran the idea across those planning to participate in the event and soon thereafter placed a box in the school office for collection.
Several other locations to donate cell phones for the DES drive are available: Thomson First Baptist Church, Thomson First United Methodist, Sweetwater Baptist, The Board of Education office, and The McDuffie Mirror office.