Local parents, teachers, students helping kids in need

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Teachers, volunteers and students at one local middle school are looking to take the sting out of back to school shopping prices with a new program.

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One Tony Hillerman Middle School parent is making sure every student’s needs are covered this year by collecting school supplies, gently worn clothes and even starting a GoFundMe page.

The Student Resource Room is just one of the ways students in need of clothes, backpacks or even shoes will be accommodated. So far, all the items in the room have come out of Angela Ratliff’s own pocket. That’s why she started the “Student Resource Room THMS” GoFundMe page in hopes of having money available all year round for students in need.

“That will go towards whatever that need is there for. I’m hoping it will last the entire year. Let’s say come January, we have students who’ve outgrown their shoes or students who might need bigger clothes and we might not have their size. We don’t have to overstock if we don’t have to or spend money on items that we don’t need. That would be to shop specifically for that child,” said Ratliff, Parent Volunteer Coordinator.

The student group called Peace Crew is pitching in with their polo recycling program. Anyone with gently worn polos can drop them off at THMS.

They’re also collecting school supply donations as well.

“It will definitely help out those families who just have the financial need or who have numerous kids who they’re buying things for. I myself have kids and it can get expensive between the uniforms, shoes, PE clothes, school supplies, books and everything they need. Those families who do have a financial need, I think it will make them feel better to be able to come into our Hillerman community and know they will get help and be supported and start school successful and strong. They don’t have to start school worried,” said Cris Mancuso, teacher at THMS.

They’re hoping to expand this to students at the feeder elementary schools and even the high school and make it a yearly tradition.

Ratliff says students in need don’t have to wait until school starts. They can take advantage of the student resource room starting this week so that they’re prepared for the start of school.

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