Today, Delaware Governor John Carney announced the creation of basic needs school closets for 45 high needs schools from the bottom of the state to the top. These schools have high concentrations of low-income and poverty students. I salute the Governor for this initiative! From the press release:
“We are helping to make certain every Delaware student in high-needs schools has the basic resources many of us take for granted so they can focus on their education and thrive in the classroom.” Governor John Carney
All Delaware students deserve to be able to learn in a comfortable environment, with their basic needs met.
That’s why we’re stocking basic needs closets in 45 high-needs Delaware schools. Delaware’s basic needs closets will provide elementary and middle school students across the state with increased access to free products designed to meet students’ needs so they can effectively participate in class. Each school’s basic needs closet will be stocked with products identified by districts and charter schools as essential to the wellbeing of their students, including hygiene products, school supplies, clothes, and more. Students will be able to discreetly access the closets throughout the school year. This is about meeting students’ basic needs with dignity, so they can be ready to learn in class.
A map of the schools where students will be able to access these closets can be found here. This is an excellent idea and I know Carney talked about this when he was on the campaign trail. Other organizations helping out with this program are Bayhealth, Beebe Healthcare, Christiana Care Health System, Cover & Rossiter, Delaware Dept. of Education, DrinkerBiddle, Edis, First Book, Food Bank of Delaware, Global Delaware, Incyte, Nanticoke Health Services, Nemours Children’s Health System, Office of the Governor and Operation Warm. As well, on the above link, there is a form you can fill out if you want to help with this awesome idea!
The Delaware State Police began the 2017-2018 school year “Operation BACKpack” yesterday. This annual drive helps students who are unable to afford the essential supplies they need for school. If you have the means, please help out our students who need it the most. Here is their press release:
Good morning communities! It is hard to believe the next school year is right around the corner! To help prepare, the Delaware State Police Community Outreach Unit has established a program to assist elementary school aged children in need with the necessities for school. Troopers are asking for help with any donations to fill each child’s back-pack with school supplies. Troopers assigned to the Statewide Community Outreach Unit have initiated this program and are working with organizations in their communities to collect and donate school supplies for children in need. Donations can be taken Headquarters in Dover or to any Troop statewide by anyone wishing to help. Each Troop will have a box in their lobby for supplies to be dropped off for the project. The donations will be collected from July 10 to August 11, 2017 and the donations will be presented for the 2017-2018 school year, prior to school starting. A list of supplies needed for the students are listed below:
No. 2 pencils
Washable Crayola crayons box of 24
Large pink erasers
Loose leaf wide ruled paper
Highlighters Composition books
3 ring binders
Plastic folders with pockets
If you need to contact any of the Troopers in the Community Outreach Unit, their information by region is listed below:
Master Corporal Mike Austin (New Castle County) 302-365-8466
Corporal/1 Heather Imhof (Kent and Southern New Castle County) 302-698-8520