Adena Resource Pantry Expanding to All Schools

Adena Resource Pantry Expanding to All Lakota Schools
Posted on 09/14/2018
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Photo of pantry with food and personal care items“Only when students’ most basic needs are met can we expect for them to learn and thrive at school,” said Angie Brown, Lakota’s parent and family engagement coordinator.

It’s a simple concept that set a big idea into motion at Adena Elementary last school year. With the support of its community liaison and PTO, the school established a resource pantry that has since been stockpiled with hundreds of snacks, school supplies and personal hygiene items for students who need them throughout the day.

Now, with the support of the District Parent Council (DPC) ambassadors and their PTO/PTA partners, Lakota is preparing to expand the idea to every Lakota school.

“There is some level of need in every single building,” Brown said. “True equality means equity and so, we’re going to ask the community to come together and make this a reality at all 23 Lakota schools.”

IKEA West Chester is one community partner helping Lakota achieve that equity across buildings.The retailer is providing a shelving unit and other organizational tools like boxes, baskets and shelf liners to help each building start their pantry.

“We’re very proud to once again partner with Lakota Schools,” said IKEA Store Manager Alison Zeng. “Providing these products is the right thing to do and how we’re helping create a better everyday experience for Lakota’s students.”

DPC President Lisa Phair was energized by the ambassadors’ ideas and enthusiasm for the new project at the group’s first meeting of the year.

“Parents are excited about the opportunity to help in a different and truly meaningful way,” Phair said. “We’re acknowledging the fact that there is an unfulfilled need in our schools and we’re doing something about it.”

Each pantry will require individually wrapped non-perishable snacks like granola bars, chips, crackers and applesauce. Other requested items include personal and feminine hygiene items, school supplies and clothing. Please contact your school’s DPC ambassador or PTO/PTA president to inquire about donations.

Pictured: Adena Elementary School’s has been stocking its resource pantry since it was established last school year.