Back-to-school clothing and supply closet open Aug. 2

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UPDATE: Incorrect date was published in print edition

By Felicia Gray

LaRue County students have a chance to pick up some of their back-to-school supplies and clothing – for free – on Aug. 2 at the LaRue County Cooperative Extension Service.

The supply closet will be available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Michaela Rock, a senior at LaRue County High School decided to start the clothing and supply closet to fulfill her 4-H community service project requirements.

Rock said that 4-H is a “family tradition,” and that her grandma, Joy Decker, started the rabbit club, which Rock is now a part of, in LaRue County.

As for why she chose to have a clothing and supply closet, Rock said she “knows how kids can be,” and wants to make sure that students aren’t held back or judged because they aren’t able to afford new clothes or school supplies.

“I know that there’s a lot of underprivileged families in the county, and I wanted to do something to help, if I can,” said Rock. “I’m hoping that if this year goes good we can open it up to other counties.”

Items will be given out on a first come first serve basis, and Rock says the amount of donations received will determine how much each person or family can get.

“We’ve already had some donations, but we still need a whole bunch more clothing to make sure we have enough,” she said.

Gently used and/or new clothing are needed most, according to Rock.

To make sure that the students are eligible to receive clothing and supplies, parents will be asked for their child’s name, age, grade, and teacher(s) to verify that they live in LaRue county.

Rock said she hopes to post a list of the supplies needed on facebook soon.

“I want people to come and know that there are people out there that are willing to help them,” said Rock.

For more information on the Back-to-School Clothing and Supply Closet, call the Extension Service at 270-358-3401.