Just in time for the first day of school, the car helps relocate new and used Zachary school uniforms | Zechariah


Two Zachary community organizations, ZEPTO and Jonathan’s Closet, held a school uniform drive on Saturday to help meet the needs of local families by creating a vehicle to relocate school uniforms from the Zachary community.

Drums for donations have been placed at Whimsical Alley, 4512 Virginia St., and YMCA Americana, 4200 Liberty Way. New and used uniforms were accepted at the Zachary Community School Board office and volunteers set up tables to distribute the uniforms to local families.

Whimsical Alley rep Taylor Watts said there had been a very good response from Saturday morning shoppers at the toy store. “The barrel was full to the brim,” she said. “The community really got together and dropped off all kinds of uniforms for the kids who will need them this fall.”

Jonathan’s Closet, a volunteer group formed by Zachary Police Officer Justin Nevels, collects and distributes clothing and other household items to families affected by sudden loss after fires, storms and personal crises. Nevels said the group was looking for ways to collect and store items that could be a “one stop shop” for a family in need. Additionally, people often want to donate to a group, unlike Good Will or The Salvation Army, which would not resell the donated items.

ZEPTO, the Zachary Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, covers all five elementary schools in the district, said Lauren Jackson, president of ZEPTO. “We run fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for schools and everything we raise goes to schools for teacher grants,” she said.

Afton McNatt, vice chairman of the group, explained that tens of thousands of people have risen to enrich and support schools. “I think last year we gave about $ 20,000 in grants to teachers,” she said. “We gave $ 500 per grade level in grants, and then we held back-to-school and teacher appreciation events. “

After the start of the school year, uniforms can be donated at each school site and those who wish to join ZEPTO can visit www.zacharyelementarypto.com.


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