Monterey High School has launched a student resource center on campus to help students who might not have everything they need to go to school.The center has laundry facilities and is stocked with pantry items, hygiene products, school supplies and clean clothes. Staff came up with the idea last summer with the goal of opening the center this fall. The school converted its unused darkroom to make space and got donations including a brand new washer and dryer set from Home Depot.Almost 10 percent of Monterey High students are either homeless or living in foster care and coming to school in dirty clothes or without supplies can prevent kids from putting their best foot forward.”They might be embarrassed to come to school with unclean clothes or without the hygiene items that they need, so we just thought why don’t we just provide it,” said MHS principal Tom Newton. The center opened last Wednesday and students have already been coming in to use it and pick up items. Students will be going to class online this year but it doesn’t mean they don’t need access to hygiene and nutrition.”Kids still need to get online and feel good about what they are doing and who they are,” said Newton.While students will not be physically asked to be in the classroom this year they will be asked to use their camera to attend online. Another big change from spring is attendance will be taken and Newton said being able to comb your hair and brush your teeth makes everyone feel better about themselves.You can donate to the Student Resource Center by shopping its online Amazon wish list or through Monterey High’s front office. Please ask for Joyce Morrison at the office. All Covid protocols will be in effect, you will need a temperature check, you need to wear a face covering and fill out a health assessment. Donated items must be new.

Monterey High School has launched a student resource center on campus to help students who might not have everything they need to go to school.

The center has laundry facilities and is stocked with pantry items, hygiene products, school supplies and clean clothes. Staff came up with the idea last summer with the goal of opening the center this fall. The school converted its unused darkroom to make space and got donations including a brand new washer and dryer set from Home Depot.

Almost 10 percent of Monterey High students are either homeless or living in foster care and coming to school in dirty clothes or without supplies can prevent kids from putting their best foot forward.

“They might be embarrassed to come to school with unclean clothes or without the hygiene items that they need, so we just thought why don’t we just provide it,” said MHS principal Tom Newton.

The center opened last Wednesday and students have already been coming in to use it and pick up items. Students will be going to class online this year but it doesn’t mean they don’t need access to hygiene and nutrition.

“Kids still need to get online and feel good about what they are doing and who they are,” said Newton.

While students will not be physically asked to be in the classroom this year they will be asked to use their camera to attend online. Another big change from spring is attendance will be taken and Newton said being able to comb your hair and brush your teeth makes everyone feel better about themselves.

You can donate to the Student Resource Center by shopping its online Amazon wish list or through Monterey High’s front office. Please ask for Joyce Morrison at the office. All Covid protocols will be in effect, you will need a temperature check, you need to wear a face covering and fill out a health assessment. Donated items must be new.