iJAG students engage in community service

iJAG Organizes Hygiene/School Supplies Campaign at MPCHS

Companies like Steffes have already made numerous donations like the one pictured for the iJAG resource drive at MPCHS. (Photo submitted)

MT. PLEASANT—The iJAG program at Mt. Pleasant Community High School is running a hygiene and school supplies campaign through Friday.

Students in the iJAG (Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates) program prioritize maintaining community engagement, and this is just their most recent venture into such things.

According to iJAG instructor Beki Hoyle, Arianna Taylor, student vice president of community service for the program, took the lead.

“She’s doing very well almost on her own,” Hoyle said. “His effort has been pretty amazing!”

“It was my idea originally,” Taylor said. “I went to the principal with it, he went to the school board with it, and it was approved.”

“As this is my last year, I’m just trying to do whatever I can to help the community,” she said.

So far, Taylor says she has received a number of donations from local businesses like Hy-Vee, The Hospital, Iris Bowling, D&D Tree Service, Brad Holtkamp Automotive, Brechts Auto Sales, H&R Block, The Grange, Big Dog Tattoos, Miss K’s, Rod’s Automotive, Orscheln’s, Steffes, Scooters, E.TC. Boutique, Nikki K’s Dance studio, Good Year, Faith Christian Outreach Church, US Bank and others in the Mt. Pleasant, New London and Burlington area.

Taylor has learned that asking businesses for donations takes a lot of waiting.

“When you ask, they then have to ask someone else, or you have to fill out paperwork and it has to be approved before you can donate,” she said.

“I wasn’t expecting the waiting game,” Taylor said, but she uses her communication skills as she continues to reach out.

At this point, the drive has raised over $160 and supplies from community members as well.

The high school donation drop-off began Nov. 1 and will continue during school hours through Nov. 30 and will benefit Mt. Pleasant and Iowa Wesleyan students.

Donation suggestions:




lined paper


Note Cards




Hair brushes

Feminine/male hygiene products



According to Taylor, once the collection is complete, the items will be distributed in male and female product bags.

“We are going to have a table set up at the school in early December, and distribute the bags,” she said. “The same goes for the college and the Iowa Wesleyan.”

For any questions or concerns, please contact (641) 451-4191 or email [email protected]

For those unable to drop off donations at the high school, Taylor invites them to contact her for pickup.

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Norma P. Rex