White Oak High's clOAK Room sees success after helping Florence victims


    A thrift store was started by White Oak High School's Rotary Club with the help of three other Onslow County Rotary Clubs. (Christina Thompson, NewsChannel 12 photo)

    What started as an initiative to help victims of Hurricane Florence has grown into something much bigger while also helping their peers in fun and fashionable ways.

    A thrift store was started by White Oak High School's Rotary Club with the help of three other Onslow County Rotary Clubs. The best part? Everything in the clOAK Room (emphasis on Oak since it's White Oak High School) is free and geared towards a teenager's style.

    The high school's Rotary Club's president and vice president say they started the thrift store with their classmates most affected by Hurricane Florence in mind. But it quickly turned into something more. It's a place where all students can come, shop and leave their cares behind.

    Catharine Koonce is the teacher who leads the club and she said she couldn't be more proud of her students.

    "This is what we raise them up to do," Koonce said. "We can teach them academically but when they learn to give back, you just feel like you taught them a powerful thing."

    White Oak High School's Rotary Club members say they don't think we'll see the clOAK Room end any time soon. It's become a culture at the school.

    To donate any of your lightly used teenage items all you have to do is drop them off at White Oak High School's front office

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