Becca Nelson, first-grade teacher at Fletcher Walker Elementary and PTSA president, Nicole Young, director of the Westwood Family Resource Center, top right, and Mara Dobyns, administrative assistant for the Resource Center, left, join the first-grade class at the unveiling of the Caring Closet Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Fletcher Walker Elementary. Photo submitted

Caring Closet shares snowsuits with local children

Before going outside for recess at Fletcher Walker Elementary School, children who do not own a snowsuit, or left it at home, can grab one from the Caring Closet in the hallway outside the primary grade classrooms.

The snowsuits were purchased by the Westwood Family Resource Center with funds from Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church. According to Nicole Young, director of the Resource Center, the donation had a note attached that directed them to “do something good for the community.”

The idea for the good deed came to Young’s attention during a conversation with Jessica Compton, a local parent, who had concerns about students at school without proper snow gear. She mentioned a need for a loaning program.

Becca Nelson, president of the Westwood Unified Parent Teacher Student Association, was approached with the idea. Once 16 snowsuits were purchased, Nelson labeled and numbered each suit and installed a place to hang the suits in order
of size.

The students simply grab one off the rack at recess and return it before going back to class. Various sized socks and gloves were also purchased and these are distributed by elementary teachers, said Nelson. The socks are given to children to take home, but the gloves are returned to the classroom after use.

Nelson said PTSA is accepting snowsuits children have outgrown that are still in good shape and these are given to students who do not have a snowsuit at home. A Caring Closet Facebook page will be created for communication purposes.
The Caring Closet was unveiled to the students Wednesday, Feb. 27.