Caring Closet at Columbus Grove schools provides helping hand


By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@limanews.com



From left are Katie Zimmerly, Columbus Grove schools nurse, Brenda Bruce and Mindy Losh, guidance counselors, standing next to a Caring Closet to provide students with food, hygiene items and clothing.

From left are Katie Zimmerly, Columbus Grove schools nurse, Brenda Bruce and Mindy Losh, guidance counselors, standing next to a Caring Closet to provide students with food, hygiene items and clothing.


Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News

COLUMBUS GROVE — A Caring Closet at Columbus Grove schools is providing students with clothing, food and hygiene items so they can have peace of mind and focus on their education.

Guidance counselors Brenda Bruce and Mindy Losh came up with the idea for the closet in December after seeing it on Facebook at another school.

“I saw on article online of a school having this same idea and I thought about items we could have in the closet,” Bruce said.

Columbus Grove Elementary School principal Brad Calvelage proposed the idea of gently used Bulldog clothing to be donated to the closet.

“These are items some of the students might not already have. This way we are making sure if any students needs personal hygiene products that we can provide that for them,” Bruce said.

Losh said the closet available to students in all grades helps them focus on academics.

“This helps their self esteem and worry away and helps them focus better in the classroom,” Losh said. Students who have a headache or did not eat breakfast can have access to healthy snacks in the closet.

Katie Zimmerly, health clinic nurse, said the school has a long history of providing for its students.

“We work on meeting their needs so they can be more successful in the classroom,” Zimmerly said.

Any student at the school can visit the Caring Closet, located in the nursing station, and visits are unlimited. Two closets are filled with items such as deodorant, body wash, shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash and clothing.

The school’s guidance counselors work on lessons each quarter, and the previous quarter’s lesson was on empathy and thinking of others.

A donation box in the school hallway the month of December collected items for the Caring Closet. Each class level had a different suggested type of donation item. Procter & Gamble donated two pick-up trucks full of laundry detergent, shampoo, deodorant and body wash. The company also donated bags for junior high students with hygiene items.

From left are Katie Zimmerly, Columbus Grove schools nurse, Brenda Bruce and Mindy Losh, guidance counselors, standing next to a Caring Closet to provide students with food, hygiene items and clothing.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/01/web1_Grove.jpgFrom left are Katie Zimmerly, Columbus Grove schools nurse, Brenda Bruce and Mindy Losh, guidance counselors, standing next to a Caring Closet to provide students with food, hygiene items and clothing. Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News

By Jennifer Peryam

jperyam@limanews.com

Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.

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