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Biology Club Hosts Drive for Oasis Women’s Center

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Angela Laaker
Members of Biology Club pose with a preserved groundhog on Groundhog’s Day in Laaker’s classroom.

Alton High School Biology Club is always looking for ways to reach the community. Sponsor, and science teacher, Angela Laaker allows students to bring forward the causes they wish to support each meeting. She then prints flyers, collects goods in her classroom and supports these students as they begin their attempt to help for the better. 

Students are currently holding a Valentine’s Day Drive for the Oasis Women’s Center. They are asking for donations like hair products, cleaning supplies, blankets/pillows and other hygiene products. In the past, they’ve collected for the Salvation Army, 5A’s Animal Shelter and the Hope Center through an event called Foodstock. 

Member Hayden Scott said he enjoys Biology Club for many reasons.  “We do fun drives for people that need it,” Scott said.

Vice President and sophomore, Katherine Krafka, brought this idea forward after participating in the many previous drives the club has taken part in since her freshmen year. “I just thought it’d be a fun activity to get Bio Club involved in,” she said. 

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Krafka chose the Oasis Women’s Center without a second thought after supporting them through Foodstock. “They’re really struggling,: she said. “They’re having a hard time keeping their doors open, so many donations at all would be really appreciated.”

The goal of Oasis is to, “provide emergency shelter and supportive services to victims of domestic violence,” according to their website. They take in not only women, but kids trying to escape domestic abuse. The site also gives additional information about their mission, “We know that our clients deserve adequate housing, resources, other support and information to choose healthy and safe alternatives and reduce the violence in their lives.” 

Donations can still be made to room B307 by Feb. 9. Email [email protected] or [email protected] for any questions or concerns.

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