LaFayette High uniform closet stock running low

Published 10:00 am Friday, January 5, 2024

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LaFayette High School needs help restocking its uniform closet to close out the 2023-2024 school year.

The high school began the uniform closet last year with a teacher to stockpile clothes for students. Math teacher Yolanda Ferrell, who now hosts the uniform closet in her classroom, said they keep uniform-regulation shirts, pants, belts and shoes.

Having the closet helps keep students in the classroom and learning, Ferrell said. Usually, if a student comes to school out of dress code, they would have to wait for their guardian to come by the school or spend the day in ISS away from their lessons.

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“This was brought about because the students was losing too much out of class time dealing with something we could fix,” Ferrell said. “You know, we can’t fix it if you have to go to the doctor. We can’t fix it if a family member gets sick but clothes we can fix.”

With the uniform closet, students can get a change of clothes and return to class immediately.

The students are asked to wash the items and then return them to the closet. However, Ferrell said the closet hasn’t seen many returns this year and supplies are getting low.

The only shirts left are the larger sizes that students are embarrassed to wear. There are few pants left. One of the biggest needs is for belts to pass out for students who let their pants sag, Ferrell said.

Ferrell asked LHS teachers to bring in clothes but she also sent out a plea for the community to donate uniform-conforming shirts, pants and jackets as well.

With the winter months upon us, Ferrell said the closet is also in need of uniform-conforming jackets and sweaters.