Roanoke City Public Schools opens clothes closet for students in need

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - Roanoke city Public School Students in need can fill their wardrobes at a new Clothes Closet.

Photo courtesy Roanoke City Public Schools

A makeshift boutique is hidden in the halls of William Fleming High School. The racks in this Clothes Closet are packed with free items available for students in need.

It includes more than just shirts and pants; students can pick out accessories such as jewelry and toiletries such as tooth brushes.

Administrators said this gives them a new set of tools to help students stay focused in class.

“Students have to be in school to learn, so we want to eliminate any barriers that would keep them coming to school,” Principal Archie Freeman III said.

The Clothes Closet at William Fleming was inspired by a similar one across town at Patrick Henry High School. The new closet has been made possible by parent volunteers and donations from the community.

“It takes a village, as they all say, to raise our students, and that’s what we are trying to do; we want them to know this is our whole community of Roanoke city schools,” Freeman said.

The closet is open every Tuesday afternoon from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. for students and their families to explore.


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Roanoke City Public School students in need now have a place to go get some new clothes.

The school district opened a new Clothes Closet at William Fleming High School to give students the ability to pick out items for free.

The closet is open every Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and if students need a ride home they will be provided a Valley Metro bus pass.

Anyone interested in donating to the closet is asked to contact Katherine Londos at 540-725-3367.

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