The students, families, and teachers of our neighborhood elementary school have a variety of needs that regularly go unmet. 38% of the students at the school are on free or reduced meals. As neighbors take care of each other, we're excited to serve the students, staff, and faculty of Washington Woods in several ways...
For a kid, there is nothing better than to have a new pair of athletic shoes. Every spring we provide new athletic shoes for all students of the school who do not have a wearable pair through our free SPRING SHOE EVENT. We also sponsor a shoe closet at Washington Woods School so no child has to have a pair of unwearable shoes and can get a new pair as needed. Also on an "as-needed" basis we provide winter snow shoes and boots. We also provide shoes for students as requested by Westfield Youth Assistance.
On school breaks, some Washington Woods Elementary students go home to empty cabinets and refrigerators with little in them. We will provide food for students who need healthy food to eat on their fall, Christmas, and spring breaks. We purchase the food, pack it, and get it into the hands of students as they head home for their vacations.
In the midst of a normal day at school, spills happen and accidents take place. Often students do not have a second set of clothes into which they can change. We will make sure that the school nurse has sufficient and proper-sized clothing for children when the need arises.
When students run short of supplies, teachers must find a way to provide them. Sometimes the teachers themselves will personally purchase what their kids need. Let’s provide supplies for the teachers so they have what they need to educate their students.