Kids who have poor hygiene don’t perform as well at school.
Nearly 12,000 students attending KISD and NISD qualify for the free or reduced lunch program which is an income- based food program that’s sometimes used as one indicator of poverty. Many of the families are food stamp recipients as well. However, food stamps do not pay for laundry soap, dishwashing soap, toilet paper and other hygiene necessities that many of us take for granted. Low-income parents are forced to prioritize just like higher-income parents. But, instead of “Make dinner, or get take-out?” it’s more like, “I have seventeen dollars to last me through the month-do I spend it on food, or shampoo and soap?
Our goal is to further close the gap between opportunity and achievement for our students through providing basic hygiene products to Title I schools in KISD, CISD and NISD. These schools have the highest percentage of students on the free or reduced lunch program. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, combs, soap, deodorant and feminine hygiene products will be stocked for distribution to students as needed per the school counselor, nursing and teaching staff.
Current needs: Soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, new socks and underwear for children age 5-18, laundry soap, and feminine hygiene products.
Texas Education Code §29.081(d), identifies a student at risk of dropping out of school if the student is pregnant or is a parent.
Pregnancy Related Services are support services the pregnant student may receive to help her adjust and stay in school during pregnancy and postpartum. The mission of the PRS program is to enable school-age parents through education to become self-sufficient, responsible, job-oriented citizens. The goal of PRS is to reduce the number of students who drop out of school due to pregnancy and/or parenthood and to recover young parents who are 21 years old or younger to the educational system.
The Community Storehouse Baby Dignity Closet Program delivers baby items (books, baby wash, lotion, diapers, wipes, seasonal clothing, etc.), as needed, to the PRS Program Coordinators to distribute to low-income teen parents both during the school year for the summer break.
“Community Storehouse has filled a huge gap in the districts education program for Teen Parents. Helping with the basic needs of my students babies reduces my students stress and allows them to focus more on their studies. Community Storehouse has provided large amounts of diapers, baby blankets, baby clothes, and cherished baby items like bouncy seats. My students really appreciate the help and have expressed how much Community Storehouse has impacted their ability to care for their child and remain in school. I am extremely appreciative of all Community Storehouse does for at-risk students!” – Cynthia Elliott, Pregnancy and Parenting Education Program Coordinator, Northwest ISD
For more information about this Program, please contact Shanna Holden at 817-431-3340 ext.104 or by email.
Current needs: New or gently used baby clothes, blankets, bouncy seats, strollers, swings and baby monitors. New diapers, formula, bottles and pacifiers.