Many students at Galion Middle School struggle to meet academic requirements because many of their basic needs outside the school day are not met. Teachers and administrators witness the challenges students face everyday, and decided to take action by opening a School Store at the Middle School.
The School Store is free and will be available for students to go “shopping.” The store will be stocked with items like basic toiletries, clothing items and food.
“This whole idea was something we came up with at the very last minute with our teachers,” Middle School Principal Jennifer Allerding said. “Students don’t get things done outside the school day because they’re challenged to meet their basic needs, and we hope this store will help them meet their needs.”
Middle School students will be permitted to wear jeans and a Galion Tigers t-shirt for a small donation to the School Store Friday, Jan. 29. Sixth grade students are asked to bring in a canned food item, seventh grade students are asked to bring in a toiletry item and eighth grade are asked to bring in a new hat, gloves, or pair of socks to donate.
“We have a lot of kids that need basic things,” Allerding said. “We want to help take care of that for the students so they can focus their attention on school.”
The Galion community is encouraged to donate items as well, and they can be dropped off at the Middle School office. Items being sought for the store include: shampoo and conditioner, bar soap, shower gel, shaving cream, body/hand lotion, chap stick, ear swabs, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, combs/brushes, hairspray, hair gel, canned foods, foods with 1 month-plus expiration date (no items that need refrigeration, please), juice boxes, hats, gloves, socks, boys’ and girls’ underclothing, dish soap and small containers of laundry soap.
For more information about the Galion Middle School School Store, please contact Mrs. Jennifer Allerding at 419-468-3134.