According to reports from Stillwater Public Schools, there are more than 400 students who are technically homeless, meaning many will “couch surf” with friends, or live in cars or worse. In an effort to help alleviate some of the symptoms of homelessness and poverty, Stillwater has what is call the Pioneer Pantry.
The Pantry is a program at all 10 school sites that supplies basic hygiene items, food and clothing for students all the way from Pre-K to 12th grade. The program also allows for students to access laundry and shower facilities.
“Many times when students are not present at school, it is because they lack the resources for hygiene items, suitable clothing, shoes, laundry facilities and other supplies,” Pantry staff director Robin Johnson said in a release. “Our goal is to ensure these very basic needs are met, and each student is confident and ready to embrace the day ahead.”
The Pantry receives donations and funds from many outside sources, as the need for money and supplies is continuous. On Saturday, volunteers are hosting a variety show fundraiser at the SHS Performing Arts Center.
There is no admission to get into the show, which begins at 7 p.m., but donations will be accepted before or after the show. The event is open to the public and all are welcome.
“Steven Ray Lindsay has arranged an evening full of entertainment including comedians, storytellers, musicians and actors with a special appearance by Andy Hogan of Claremore,” Johnson said. “Because there is no budget for this service, we rely strictly on donations from our community and generous individuals. You can help all students in need by attending the show and donating to this great cause. All gifts are tax deductible and a receipt will be provided. We hope to see you at the show.”
Anyone with questions about the Pioneer Pantry may contact Johnson at SHS by calling 533-6450.