Wauwatosa, WI – The Wauwatosa School District, in partnership with the District’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Council, held a clothing drive to stock its first ever community closet on Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 9 – 11 am at Longfellow Middle School.
Wauwatosa Council of PTAs board members Adrienne Burgoyne, Deb Palec, Erik Peterson and Amber Stroud led the drop off event. They were joined by school mascots from Jefferson Elementary, Washington Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary schools.
Community members enthusiastically supported the event by dropping off items for students and families in need.
Donated items – including new or like-new coats/jackets, snow pants, boots, hats, gloves/mittens and new household/hygiene items like laundry detergent, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, and more – filled more than 15 bins.
Community members who wish to donate to the Community Closet can drop items in bins located inside each Wauwatosa elementary, middle, and high school. Those who are interested in donating but are unable to deliver items to a bin may purchase items from the Community Closet Amazon wishlist. Items purchased via the wishlist will be sent directly to the community closet.
The collected items will be inventoried and distributed to families and students in need. Community members in need should speak with their school guidance counselor, who will anonymously request specific items from the closet on behalf of the family or student. Orders will be filled anonymously by students including those in middle school and high school, and/or individuals involved in the District’s Transition Services. Efforts will be made to fulfill requests as quickly as possible, pending availability of the requested items.
Additional questions about the Community Closet can be directed to Adrienne Burgoyne or Amber Stroud at [email protected].
About Wauwatosa School District
Wauwatosa School District is a high achieving, forward-thinking, richly diverse public school district serving approximately 7,200 students and families. The District consists of 16 schools: 11 elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools and the Wauwatosa Virtual Academy. Among these are two choice schools: Wauwatosa Montessori and Wauwatosa STEM, a charter school. A full STEM program is offered at Underwood Elementary and at both middle schools. Additionally, the District provides education for several county programs including Children’s Hospital and Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Youth and Family Justice Center. The educational community’s long history of excellence has been recognized both regionally and nationally.