Education
11:22 am
Tue July 30, 2013

'Blitz Week' to Help Jefferson County Families Needing Help With School Uniform Costs

Jefferson County Public Schools is encouraging families who need help with uniforms this year to attend the 15th District PTA’s ‘Blitz Week.’

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens assists the 15th District PTA's clothing assistance program during 'Blitz Week.'
Credit Courtesy of Jonathan Roberts, JCPS

The annual clothing assistance program has been around for about 40 years and continues to see strong growth, says Heather Wampler, 15th District PTA president. Families that schedule an appointment will receive a uniform, belt, underwear and socks; they will also have the chance to pick up other used clothing.

“Yesterday there was a lot of tears from families thanking us so much. They don’t know how they could have done this to prepare their kids for school and to get them there that first day,” she says.

By the end of the week, Wampler expects the CAP program will serve around 2,000 families, but it also continues year-round, she said.

“It’s been very crowded. We, yesterday, had a very successful day. We actually clothed over 300 kids yesterday,” she says.

Around half of JCPS schools require students to wear uniforms, but Wampler says even students who aren’t enrolled in a uniformed school can still receive underwear, socks and other clothing.

This week the district’s nutrition department is also providing meals to students.

Any family that wants to schedule an appointment should contact their school family resource coordinator to schedule an appointment.

The CAP program is located at 319 S. 15th Street. For more information call 502-485-7062.

Blitz Week will last through Friday.