NCJW Opens Kids Community Closets at Dewey, Ashland, and Shaw
From left: Ashland Principal Lisa Brown; Dewey Principal Andrew Donovan; Shaw Principal Lori Craig; Marlene Hammerman, president of the St. Louis Section of the NCJW; and Andrea Newstead, vice president of Community Service at NCJW
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) and St. Louis Public Schools is celebrating the opening of three Kids Community Closets at Dewey International Studies, Ashland, and Shaw Visual and Performing Arts elementary schools. The closets opened within the last year and provide emergency clothing, including winter coats, for students.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for all three schools was held at Dewey today. Guests in attendance included Special Administrative Board Member Rick Sullivan and State Representative Karla May along with the principals of each of the three schools and many NCJW representatives and supporters.
“Each closet is built with the mission of providing emergency clothing to elementary school children who lack some basic items and have daily needs,” said Marlene Hammerman, president of the St. Louis Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. “Our goal is to help them stay in school, to have what they need to stay in school, which will further their education.”
The NCJW has opened a total of 10 Kids Community Closets in the St. Louis area—seven at SLPS elementary schools: Dewey, Ashland, Shaw, Mullanphy, Walbridge, Ford, and Hamilton.
NCJW is an organization of volunteers and advocates who turn ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and familiesThe National Council of Jewish Women–St. Louis Section is a volunteer-driven organization committed to improving the quality of life for women, children and families. For more than 100 years, NCJW has identified unmet needs in the St. Louis community and developed innovative, hands-on projects which have positively affected thousands of lives.