Mikayla Miller wants to help “flush out child abuse” — she even has the toilet to prove it.
As the president of the new Excel Club at Copperas Cove High School, the 16-year-old sophomore and president of the group has spearheaded a “Flush Out Abuse” campaign aimed at raising money to combat child abuse.
The group of about 30 teens decorated an actual toilet to symbolize this cause, which coincides with Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
“This is our premier event,” Miller said.
She described the custom of passing the toilet around as similar to decorating someone’s lawn with flamingos.
“We took blue paint and we painted hand prints on the bottom of it, then we put pinwheels behind it,” she said.
Pinwheels and handprints are symbols associated with Child Advocacy Centers in the Central Texas region.
The toilet will be randomly placed in different classrooms for a period of two to three weeks.
“It’s $10 to have it removed, $20 to not have it come back to you, and $30 to choose where it goes next,” Miller explained.
The Excel Clubs is defined as “groups of students dedicated to improving their schools, communities and country through volunteerism,” according to a pamphlet on the organization.
Miller hopes to raise a respectable sum of money toward helping to stop child abuse but said she is not sure how successful this project is going to be.
“Because we’re so new, we don’t know how it’s going to kick off,” she said. “I just want to be a part of a team that’s doing good for Copperas Cove.”