A Special Request From The Middle School Social Worker:
Buying personal hygiene products can be a difficult expense for some families and many students can't afford to purchase them. Every week, we have students come in needing something basic like shampoo, deodorant, or tampons. Believe me, a middle schooler who is without deodorant stands out in a crowd, and not in a good way. We have programs that provide free lunches and backpacks with food for the weekend, but nothing that helps our students have access to the most basic personal hygiene products.
These kids are not lazy or unprepared. They care about their appearance. They notice when other kids don't want to sit near them at lunch. They don't want to worry about having enough tampons to get through the weekend. They're in need and they can't help it. Yes, it's true that many Maple River families can afford these supplies. Out of 200 kids in the Middle School, perhaps 40 are in need. But if we're honest, isn't that 40 too many?
To respond to this need, we are creating a program called "Eagle Extras," housed in a closet in the Middle School where kids can have access to needed personal hygiene products.
THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN HELP. Please consider donating new, unopened, full-sized products on the list below. You (or your student) can drop them off at the Middle School office, West or East Elementary School office or with Mrs. Anderson. If you live far away or don't visit the school often, we have set up a Amazon wish list where you can purchase items and have them shipped to the school directly. http://a.co/2XOGqlr . Please ship items to Amy Anderson at 101 6th Ave SE, Mapleton, MN 56065. Together, we can show these students that their dignity matters to us.
Tampons & pads
For more information, please feel free to contact Mrs. Anderson, Middle School Social Worker, at (507) 524-3918 or firstname.lastname@example.org.