As a teacher at Durgee Junior High School, Susan Coleman sees and hears on a daily basis how the country's current economic crisis is affecting the area's young people.
In response to student need, Coleman has started a clothes collection at the school, which she is currently operating out of her classroom. Students and staff members have been generous, contributing gently used clothing.
"We are looking for anything appropriate for teenagers," Coleman said.
Some of the clothing she has received has been brand new with the price tags still in tact.
Coleman said any Durgee student in need of clothing is welcome to check out what she has in her classroom and take what he or she needs. Students can be discreetly referred by a teacher, staff member, guidance counselor or a friend, or they can speak to Coleman in private about their clothing needs.
So far, she has collected a little more than 100 articles of clothing including tops and jeans. Most of the donations have been girls' clothing. Male clothes are also needed. At the end of March five students helped Coleman to sort the clothes to make it easier for students to choose from what is available.
Lakota George, left, and Amber Pinette, students at Durgee Junior High School, help sort donated clothes at the school. Students and staff members have been donating items for a collection that teacher Susan Coleman began to help students in need.