Dr. Weeks Students & Families Benefit from Community Clothing, Supply Closet
Published on 5/24/21
District News Dr Weeks Elementary School
Students and families at Dr. Weeks have received more than 200 items of clothing – and various food items – so far this year, thanks to a grant funded by the SCSD Educational Foundation.
The grant allowed school staff to enhance the items offered in the Community Closet – a store of sorts to help provide families with shelf stable food, clothing and hygiene items. But the Community Closet is helping students in larger ways, too: five fifth grade students were ‘hired’ to work at the store, too, giving them early exposure to a job experience!
Students interested in helping out filled out a job application, gathered referenced and interviewed with Dr. Weeks Community School Director Patty Sawmiller before starting the job. While working, the students help sort donations and label clothing so items are easy to find and give out. They have also helped to create a tracking system for keeping inventory.
“This project has been so wonderful for me and for the students to be involved in,” Ms. Sawmiller explained. “Not only are they helping their fellow students but they are helping to support their own families by knowing what resources are available in the school.”
Family volunteers were not able to help in the Community Closet this year due to COVID, but eventually the school hopes to welcome PTO parents to help in the store as well, making it a true community offering! The Community Closet is accepting donation of new or gently used clothing, toiletries and shelf stable food. They are especially in need of boys coats (size 5-10), boys boots and kids sneakers (sizes 2, 3, 4 and 6), as well as boys and girls pants (size 6/7). To donate, contact Patty Sawmiller, Community School Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.