TAKE WHAT YOU NEED, GIVE WHAT YOU CAN.
“Needs Closet” is being made a reality by the T.A.F.E. Club at Carter school making sure everyone is provided with what they need.
T.A.F.E. stands for Texas Association of Future Educators. It is a club for students who wish to partake in any services for the school, and for those who are interested to become teachers or be part of the Education field.
The service project is a 4-cabinet closet available to place pads, tampons, razors, snacks, deodorants, shampoos, and conditioners. The T.A.F.E. members are doing this with the “hope” to be able to provide what some students may not have access to on their own at home. This project is not only for those who are missing these items at home but also for students who just didn’t get to eat breakfast or lunch.
The question is: How did it even become an idea?
T.A.F.E. Sponsor, Vanessa Brown said “I was on Pinterest wasting time one night and I saw this really cool project that an elementary had done. I thought we could modify it for our school. The idea rattled around for a while and I talked to Mrs. Gomez-Perez, our principal, about it and she thought it was a good idea.”
Like every project students do at school, they’re either for a grade, or extra points, but this project’s goal is neither of those.
A junior T.A.F.E. member, Betsy Garcia, said. “Our goal is defined by our theme Take What You Need, Give What You Can. Not only are we, T.A.F.E. members, going to participate in donating items to this closet, but any other student that finds it in his or her heart, as well. We also want this to be a school-wide project. That being said, whoever wants to help out and donate items to the closet, know that we aren’t asking for family-size objects. Travel-size is more than enough, it goes a long way.”
Like any other project, this one also requires teamwork.
“The Closet is open at any time, preferably during lunch or passing period. Spread the word about the service project, make sure to tell your friends about it! Post it, share it, talk about it, make sure that everyone is involved in this service project.” she says with the hope that the people who read this take action.
Other than that, opinions of Carter students and staff on this project seem to all be the same according to Sergio Cantu, a junior attending Carter, as he said: “That is totally tubular.” He explained how he thought it was a “great” idea.
“I see great things being out of this project.”
Carter red wolves are proud of their new service project, but what does a community member have to say?
“Creo y es algo que siempre se a necesitado y estoy muy feliz que alguien tomó cargo y lo hizo realidad.”
I think it is something that has always been needed and I am happy that someone took control and made it a reality,” says a parent of a Carter student. She continued to say that she thought that other schools should do the same and practice integrity with one another. “I am sad that this is barely being implemented in school, but I’m glad it started at my daughter’s school.”