How To Keep Every Student In High School – East High’s Innovative Approach. The eternal question: HOW do you help the kids in desperate need at your high school without creating the social divide of “us vs. them?” The PTSA and Student and Family Support Organization at East High School in Salt Lake City has created a genius program. There’s a large number of kids under the poverty line, refugee students who might even be the head of their little household, homeless kids stubbornly coming to class every day.
But they need more than just food. Maybe a bus pass because they don’t have transportation, an emergency dentist donating time if a student knocks his tooth out in football practice (true story.) So they created the Stash, where all kinds of students- athletes, student body leaders, and those who are truly, truly hungry stop by for healthy snacks.
There’s school supplies, toiletries, even groceries to take home for their family. But it’s so much more! A place to shower, make phone calls, wash their clothes. The Leopard Boutique where they can find clean, attractive clothes. It’s genius. Want to donate items, money or your time? Please contact: Kris.Barta@slcschools.org