Lake Tahoe high schools organize inaugural Battle of the Boxes |

Lake Tahoe high schools organize inaugural Battle of the Boxes

Whittell and South Tahoe high schools squared off in the first Battle of the Boxes Clothing Drive, which concluded on June 2. T​he clothing drive, which amassed more than 500 pounds of clothing, was organized by South Tahoe student Mia Idzore​k and Whittell student Tatum Bunnett. As was expected, South Tahoe High, with its much higher enrollment, brought in approximately 405 pounds of clothing to Whittell’s 96 pounds. However, after adjusting for the number of students at each school, Whittell was declared the winner, having raised .45 pounds of clothing per student to South Tahoe’s .40 pounds per student. ​Blue Lake Animal Care Center ( ​shared its large pet scale to weigh the clothing. When asked about the genesis for the project, Mia Idzorek explained, “I was visiting with a neighbor who volunteers at Bread & Broth and she ​commented that there was a need for ‘teenage’ clothing that wasn’t being met. I’m thrilled with the generosity of my fellow students.” Tatum Bunnett added, “​It's wonderful to see both South Tahoe and Whittell come together to make a difference in our community.​" The clothing was delivered to Tahoe Youth and Family Services, a central organization that assists families from both high schools. While they have a good supply of clothing right now, they ​would like to remind everyone that they can always use donations of nonperishable food. Tahoe Youth and Family Services ( is located at 1021 Fremont Ave. ​Bunnett and Idzorek extend their gratitude to both school communities for their generosity, and look forward to battling again next year​.
Submitted by Mia Idzorek |

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