Back to school season is here, and one local mom is making sure kids are prepared not only for the school year, but for the entire year.
“Being in the classroom is hard enough. Just being a student, you don’t want those other things to get in the way as well,” said Heather Abbott, a mom and substitute teacher in Montgomery County schools.
Abbott has started a supply drive, nicknamed the ‘Care Closet’ at Christiansburg Middle School that holds clothing, hygiene products and school supplies. She says it’s for middle school students that may experience unexpected, uncomfortable situations.
“It becomes a little bit harder when they get to that middle school age because everything is so social,” said Abbott.
“Everything is a big deal.”
She says the closet is a way for students to privately ask for help, and to focus on school rather than appearances.
“If you don’t have the right shoes or you don’t have clean clothes or you’re embarrassed because, ‘Oh, my hair hasn’t been washed in who knows how long.’ They’re going to struggle,” said Abbott.
“That’s going to be their focus. Whereas, if we can change that for them, their focus becomes more on the schoolwork.”
Here is a list of items they need:
(New, full size items requested)
Hair Products (Brushes/Combs, Hairspray, Mousse, Gel, Cream, etc.)
Feminine Products (Maxi Pads)
New or gently used clothing (clean, free from stains and damage) – Teen girls 3-17 and xs-xxl/Teen boys 29-42 and s-xxl
Tops: T-shirts and long sleeve shirts (especially fitted shirts for girls)
Pants: Capris, black leggings, jeans, sweatpants/joggers, activewear
Underwear (new items only)
socks (new items only)
Loose Leaf Paper
little bottles of water
$5 gift cards for local restaurants
Donations are being accepted at Christiansburg Middle School from 8:30 to 3:30 Monday through Friday.