May 11, 2013

Citizens of the Week: ‘Model’ students

The Daily Citizen

— Habitat for Humanity, the organization that assists families with building and paying for houses they otherwise couldn’t afford, nearly always has a waiting list of people lined up for services.

Recently, senior students from Christian Heritage School and Dalton High School participated in a fashion show in Calhoun that raised $10,000 for the organization.

The participating students were Rachel Bakker, Cole Calfee, Morgan Coker, Robert Hardaway, Rebecca Leonard, Georgeanne Mitchell, Massey Swanson, Cole Townsend, Macy Wilson and Sam Wilson. They were among 33 girls and seven guys from nine high schools in Northwest Georgia that participated.

Photographer Andy Baxter and business partner Hanna Dean hosted the show.

“The whole group overall raised more than $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity,” Baxter said.

The teens modeled clothes from boutiques in Calhoun, and some of the students — known around Dalton as “the Bowtie boys” for their small business making the neck accessories — modeled some of their products, too.

Baxter said organizers set a goal for each participant to raise at least $300.

“We had a lot of people who raised more than that,” he said.

For putting their fashion savvy toward a good cause, The Daily Citizen names the “model” students from Dalton High and Christian Heritage Citizens of the Week.