Clothing closet helps to keep students warm

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT)- The Paragould and Greene County Tech School Districts are making it easier for students to stay warm this season by giving them access to free coats in their clothing closets.

Faculty at both school districts said having a clothing closet within the school makes it more convenient for the kids and helps fill a need in the community.

"If somebody doesn't have something or have the money to buy a jacket or some jeans we always have them at school," said 7th grader, Makayla Sandusky.

Sandusky and Karrington Johnson are both in the E.A.S.T program at Paragould Junior High School, which stands for Environmental and Spatial Technology. Students in EAST started the clothing closet just last year.

"It's right where they can go and look and find things that they like, they don't have to leave the campus, if something happens during the day or if they come in cold," said Jamie Dial, E.A.S.T facilitator.

Dial said there is a big need in the community.

"We're putting clothes and jackets in every little closet we can find at school," he said.

Johnson said she is excited to be a part of such a positive project.

"I thought it was a good thing to help the school out with, people who don't have very many things," said 8th grader, Karrington Johnson.

And just down the road, Greene County Tech schools are also working to fill the need.

"With the weather changing the clothing closet importance at this time in the fall and the winter is to have enough coats to keep these children warm," said Rebecca Murry, the parent involvement coordinator for Greene County Tech Schools.

Murry said the goal is to make sure every child has a coat.

"We still see a lot of students that get out of vehicles and get off of buses that do not have the proper attire that they need," she said.

Murry said the clothing closet has been around for 15 years and they have never given out anything they expect back.

"We really try to take care of the children here so we don't have to interrupt a parent's work day," she said.

Greene County Tech received a $500 dollar grant Tuesday from the Arkansas Community Fund Greene County to go towards the school's clothing closet and backpack program.

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