Sellers said the program is important because it’s difficult for young children to be productive students when they don’t have the proper hygiene items and clean clothes.
“When you’re cold, hungry or you have bugs in your hair, you can’t pay attention,” Sellers said. “This shows that the community cares about them.”
Elizabeth Beadle, a spokesperson for the district, said it’s “fortunate to have wonderful relationships with our community, especially our faith community.”
During these “unsettling times,” it is comforting to know the district can always count on its community to give of their time and resources, she said.
It’s also important, Sellers said, to take the message of the church outside the walls and to show “God’s love” in the community.
“This is one way to do that,” she said. “We are like the hands and feet of God on this earth.”
Rosa Parks students also are being provided winter coats, hats and scarfs from Amazon.
The company is delivering 500 of each item to the school at 10 a.m. Monday, the district said. There are about 600 students in grades kindergarten through fifth and all students will receive winter apparel, according to the district. The two Methodist churches will purchase additional items if needed.