The students and staff at Independence Elementary are always working to uphold their values, and offering different programs that assist families who need additional support. For the past year, the school has been working to launch the Eagle’s Closet program, which officially opened in January. The Eagle’s Closet was created to help provide families with clothing, shoes, and accessories. Third grade teacher Angela Sproull knows that there are always students that need some assistance. Helping with clothing reduces the financial burden of families that might be struggling, which is why Sproull initiated the Eagle’s Closet with the help of students, staff, and the community.
Once organizers reached out to the community, the donations started pouring in. Many volunteers, including the Independence Girl Scout troop, helped sort the clothes and organize the closet. Fifth grader Morgan Fields said, “Clothing is what people focus on when they see you. So it is nice to help and let people pick out their own clothes so they like what they are wearing and feel comfortable.” The Eagle’s Closet features a variety of shoes, shirts, pants, jackets, winter accessories, and more. There are different sizes in order to meet the needs of entire families. The kids who have taken advantage of the program say they love being able to pick out what they want!
This program has already made an impact on many people. School Counselor Shannon Adams says they have shoppers in at least once a week. One student said “It is nice having a pair of shoes without holes. My feet are warm now when I go outside.” Not only have Independence families benefited from the Eagle’s Closet, also families from other schools! “The ultimate goal is to be able to support the needs of families in other schools in our District, in an effort to build community and develop relationships outside of our building,” said Principal Emily Pavia. This is another great example of how Independence is making a positive impact on the entire community!