A poster decorating the main hallway encourages students to donate.

A poster decorating the main hallway encourages students to donate.

     Everyone has heard the story of Malala Yousafzai, the young woman shot by the Taliban for wanting a better education. Even after being shot she didn’t back down from voicing her desire for an education in her country, Pakistan. Even though she is half way around the world, Yousafzai is impacting students here at Chaparral High School.

     Kathryn Muus, an English teacher, had her students in Contemporary Literature read I Am Malala by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai. Through an organization called Schoola, Muus and her four Contemporary Literature classes are able exchange clothes for money to buy textbooks for the school. “They [Schoola] collect clothing from schools, they spiff it up and then they sell it on they’re website, Schoola.com,” said Muus. The organization donates forty percent of the money back to Chaparral High School. Schoola gives a portion of their profits to The Malala Fund, which was founded by Malala Yousafzai and the helps other women in third world countries get an education.

     Education is the foundation of success in life. “The main point of teaching I Am Malala is that a lot of people don’t get an education; we’re very lucky here in Parker, Colorado,” said Muus. Yousafzai didn’t give up when she was shot point blank in the head by the Taliban; she fought. She understands the need for education. Here in Parker, students are lucky for all the educational resources we have. Teaching I Am Malala to students helps them understand the importance of education and that when they don’t engage themselves in it, they are wasting an opportunity that so many would love to have.

     The Clothes for Textbooks drive started on March 28, 2016 and ends April 1, 2016. Donate clothes into the boxes in the main hall so that Chaparral can get “school supplies so that more students have the things that they need to be successful in their courses,” said Muus. This clothing drive is more than just textbooks and clothes, it’s about getting a better education and success.

By Aubree Miller