Stevenson-Carson School District has a new resource for their students–just in time for the winter season.

“We believe every student deserves a full belly, needed school supplies, warm clothes, and items needed for personal hygiene,” says Superintendent Karen Douglass. “Students’ basic needs must be fulfilled if you expect them to engage in rigorous learning.”

The Locker is a room located at the district office where students who identify themselves as needing something that a guardian is unable to provide can find basic essentials, such as school supplies, backpacks, hygiene products, and even food. These items are free and students’ access is completely confidential.

Previously, the homeless liaison for the district would gather needed items for students whenever the need became apparent. Items were either ordered or donated. This process met the immediate need. However, there were many other student needs not brought to attention, and the district wanted to provide a place where students could have some say in the selection.

The Stevenson-Carson Educational Foundation jumped at the chance to do some fundraising for The Locker, which has already raised over $1,500. This money was used to purchase grab-and-go food, undergarments, winter coats, and boots for students. Many other generous donors, both businesses and individuals, have allowed this resource room to open for students in the community.

In the first week of December, The Locker helped nine students with basic needs. The second week 25 students accessed it, and 11 other students had needed items delivered to their homes or the school. Recently students had the opportunity to be measured for snow boots to help them weather the season.

The Locker is open when the district office is open, and at other times if pre-arranged. For more information, students and families can contact Karen Douglass.