Thanks to a group of caring teachers at Valley High School (VHS), students who find themselves in need can get the personal hygiene supplies they may be lacking at home.
Sadly, many students in districts across the county do not have access to running water for bathing or brushing their teeth. While there are assistance programs for younger students, many students in a high school setting find themselves going without basics like deodorant and other hygiene products.
Valley High School aims to assist students in their district who may be in situations beyond their control by providing access to essential items and the option for showering at school if needed.
The program was the brain-child of parent Tracie Basham. Basham said she was inspired by the annual serve day hosted by Life Point Church.
“I participated in Serve Day through my church, Cornerstone Nazarene in Wheelersburg. I live in Lucasville so I was assigned to Luke Keller’s team to help with the fun day held out here in Lucasville. My kids have attended Valley for many years, I’ve seen first hand the struggles some of our kids have. After much prayer about where and how I could continue with the idea of Serve Day in my own every day life, the idea of a personal care blessing box at Valley developed,” explained Basham.
Bashman took her idea to Principal Jane Thayer and trusted teacher Amanda Crabtree, and the two agreed that it would be very beneficial to the students.
If a student has a need, they can turn to Principal Thayer or Mrs. Crabtree to coordinate assistance. All inquiries will be kept confidential and handled discreetly so that the students don’t feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. The middle school also operates a similar program.
Items suggested for donation include: shampoo and conditioner sets, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, combs and brushes and adult sized clothing basics like socks and underwear.
Students have the option of storing the items at the school or taking the items home.
“Once the I got the green light, I put it out on my Facebook hoping others would open their hearts and help us stock our supply. Sometimes giving kids the basics to be successful, not only in school but in life, can be as simple as a bar of soap and a toothbrush. Every donation, whether big or small, will become a huge blessing to someone,” said Basham.
Donations can be made during the VHS Open House on Aug. 21 from 5-7 p.m. or they can dropped off in the high school office at 1821 St. Rt. 728 in Lucasville, during the school year. For more information, you can contact the high school office at 740-259-3115.
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