MMS Students Empower Peers

MMS Students Empower Peers through Comet Closet
Posted on 01/17/2019

MMS Students Empower Peers through Comet ClosetEmpowerment, an elective eighth grade class for female students at Mason Middle School, is giving back through the creation of Comet Closet.

"Comet Closet was created to help students in need within our building," shared MMS Health/Physical Education teacher Kimberly Shaffer. "After speaking to our guidance department, we understood the financial disadvantage some of our students are facing. Behind the scenes they struggle with appropriate nutrition, finding comfortable clothing, and accessing required school items."

Armed with this knowledge, the students created a closet where students could grab the items or materials they need and keep them. The closet will be stocked with food, clothing, school supplies from the Mason Schools Foundation, hygiene items, and whatever else students need. The closet will be kept within the MMS guidance office where students feel more comfortable choosing items. Students are also given cinch sacs, so they could carry their items home without other students questioning their baggage.

"These young ladies have rallied behind helping peers facing economic hardship - and find it especially important to help fellow classmates. Discussions and planning the implementation of this closet has really opened so many doors to not only helping fellow classmates, but also the importance of helping others within our community," explained Shaffer. "These ladies have recognized that they can make a difference. They have been empowered to better the community one small step at a time."

Shaffer adds that the first step is to supply students in need with the basic essentials, but long term goals would be to see this go further by, for example, supplying Thanksgiving dinner for families, or paying for club fees for students that can’t afford to participate. In working with the guidance counselors, MMS currently has 32 high need students, and the shopping list is focused around this number. Once the closet is stocked, Empowerment will raise funds to try and keep the closet stocked. Empowerment recently made posters and has already collected nearly $200 in donations for the closet.

"We have also went door to door with bags and fliers for neighbors to fill their bags with donations and we picked them up," added Shaffer. "This was a good start to our cause, but we still need an even bigger boost to get our project off the ground!"

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