Shelves of clothes and shelves of brand new school supplies fill two rooms at the former Northwood Middle School in the Mead School District, ready for students who need a little help getting ready for the first day of school.
The Student Resource Hub opened its doors to students by appointment this week.
“We’re very, very excited about this,” said Student and Family Services Coordinator Kelly Schultz. “We want people, especially those in the north, to know that this resource is there. Most resources are downtown.
Although the Student Resource Center is operated and hosted by the Mead School District, it’s not just for Mead students, Schultz said. Invitations have been sent to schools in Riverside, Nine Mile and Deer Park.
“I don’t think people realize how much of a need there is in the North County area,” she said.
The Hub started small last year, providing only school supplies with a grant to help homeless students and foster children. This year, the school district partnered with Teen and Kid Closet to provide new and gently used clothing for children of all ages, from infants to teens.
“We always knew we wanted to have a clothes closet,” Schultz said. “They do such a good job of making sure the clothes are what the teenagers want to wear.”
Students should be referred to the Student Resource Center by their school staff member, social worker, Boys and Girls Club or other organization.
“We want to make it as accessible as possible,” she said. “You don’t have to be homeless or in foster care, especially these days.”
Students then have a time to come and shop on a day when the Hub is open. But when the student comes, they can also pick up items for their siblings, Schultz said. “We also have teenage parents who may need clothing for themselves and their baby,” she said.
The Hub stocks just about every school supply item imaginable. In addition to basics like pens, pencils, pencils, and notebooks, there are calculators, protractors, and dividers. There are also lunch boxes and backpacks.
“We don’t do used school supplies,” she said. “We try to have everything a student will need to feel prepared and confident on that first day of school.”
“We can always use more shoes,” she said. “It’s always on the wish list, shoes and underwear.”
Even the racks and shelves inside the new student resource center were donated.
“NorthTown Mall let us come and get all the displays and clothes racks from their basement,” she said.
The Hub will be open for appointments on August 9, 11, 17 and 25 as well as September 1, 7, 14, 21 and 28. An open house was held towards the end of July to let people know the Hub was up and running. “I started getting referrals the day after our open house,” she said.
The district is always looking for volunteers to help run the Hub.
“We are always looking for volunteers, working in space and working behind the scenes,” she said. “There are many volunteer opportunities with this type of resource. »
Those interested in volunteering must apply and pass a background check. The application is available online at www.mead354.org.
Donations of clothing, shoes, or new unopened packages of socks and underwear can be dropped off at the Teen and Kid Closet at 307 E. Sprague on the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Donations can also be brought to any First Interstate Bank Branch. Cash donations can be made online at www.teenkidcloset.org.
Schultz said she hopes the Student Resource Hub will provide significant help to any student in need who lives in North Spokane County. She hopes the help they provide will make it easier for students to focus on school.
“It’s actually been a need for some time,” she said. “We want them to feel confident and good about themselves when they walk through the door.”
Nina Culver can be reached at [email protected]