Communities 2 student and The Teachers’ Closet Inc. partner to provide students school supplies and to raise awareness about student poverty
Mathena Higgins has spent the last three months working to support students and teachers in our community. Higgins is a junior in the Communities 2 program at Oshkosh North. She has been working with The Teachers’ Closet Inc, an organization that provides educational supplies and student basic needs items to teachers working in Oshkosh.
Higgins has worked closely with Kay Kuenzl-Stenerson, who is a retired teacher and who now manages the dispersal of school supplies for teachers in the Oshkosh Area School District for The Teachers’ Closet Inc. The partnership has resulted in new logos for the organization, improved organizational capacity, and new donations.
“From spiral notebooks and pencils, to hats and mittens, to games and prizes, The Teachers’ Closet has (items that) some students will never be able to afford,” said Higgins. “This is where The Teachers’ Closet steps in. The (organization) gives the teachers the ability to provide these necessities to their students who need them.”
The Teachers’ Closet (TTC) also helps teachers get their supplies and decorations for their class of no cost to them. Winter accessories and hygiene products are also included in The Teachers’ Closet inventory. The average teacher pays about $400.00 for school and classroom supplies out-of-pocket. TTC has been helping 400 plus teachers in the Oshkosh Area for eight years, and will continue to give the teachers a place to get supplies.
Mathena Higgins is a junior in the Communities 2 program at Oshkosh North. A version of this article and images submitted by Mathena.