Mansfield’s EAST students were recently given the opportunity to brainstorm ideas that would help the community or school. That is when the idea of the MHS Clothing Closet was born.
EAST, Education Accelerated by Service & Technology, provides students with an array of cutting edge technologies. Students in EAST choose which technologies they’d like to use and work together to apply those in solving community problems.
The group had noticed several students would come to school without the proper clothing that was needed for the unpredictable Arkansas weather. The EAST students knew they could make a difference, so they took the idea to coordinator Annette Smith and school counselor Jordan Duvall, who also saw the need.
After researching ways to start the clothes closet, they decided to apply for a Blue and You Foundation Mini-Grant. Shortly after submitting the application, the EAST students received a $1,000 award.
The clothes closet is now open, and accepting donations for gently used or new shirts, jackets, pants and shoes. Underwear and socks may be donated, but MUST BE NEW! Donations may be brought to the Mansfield High School counselor’s office or the MHS EAST Classroom.