Nothing better than strutting down a runway with hundreds of your classmates watching, right? That is exactly what a group of middle school students did at Camdenton Middle School to show off trendy finds straight from the Lakers Closet.
"The student body overall wouldn't really know about Lakers Closet. This was an introduction to the school as a whole, so they would know what Lakers Closet is and know some of the good things that came out of that," teacher Heather Sappington said.
The Lakers Closet originated from custodian Libby West when she asked if items not claimed in the lost and found could go to students in need. Within a year, the little idea has turned into a community operation. Lakers Closet now has its own room filled with clothes, shoes, food and hygiene supplies. Students are referred to the Lakers Closet from the counselor's office. When a staff member sees that a student is in need, they are allowed to visit the Lakers Closet and pick out what they need at no cost.
"It's like watching your children grow. It's amazing. It started from just a thought. Look how big it is now," West said.
Students from the Student Leadership Team and from Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FCA, played a role in the fashion show. Student Isaiah Lumley emceed the event and explained what each model was wearing while other students strutted down the purple runway.
Students picked out their own outfits and were excited to introduce the Lakers Closet to the student body.
"We spend all this time putting the clothes on the racks and sorting them for kids to come in there. So, it's an easy pick. I just felt like it was good to show people that they don't have to be embarrassed and go there and it looks like other people's clothes," eighth-grader Sydney Woods said. "The kids that get made fun of about their clothes, they can get clothes that look brand new and they can feel like they're not less fortunate. It's a good way to show that you care about the other students and just help out."
Three days a week, students spend time in Lakers Closet organizing, setting up, cleaning and doing anything else that is needed.
"It's really good for our community at the middle school," seventh-grade student Maclyn Castle said. "I hope that kids that don't have very many clothes at this school, feel like they want to go to Lakers Closet and want to pick out clothes from there."
Most of the fashion show participants were girls, but the boys were not left in the cold. A few boys strutted down the runway, as well.
"It's good to give kids who may not have enough at home to give them clothes and to just give them the stuff that their parents can't give them. It's good for kids to get clothes," seventh-grader Harrison Brownell said. "It [the fashion show] helps kids realize that their is something that they can wear and to go down there and get clothes."
Page 2 of 2 - The Lake Sun reported earlier this school year that Lakers Closet was in need of a washer and dryer. The school is happy to report that their need has been met.
"The community support and help with this has been tremendous. We couldn't have done it without the community here in Camdenton," Sappington said.
Hundreds of articles of clothing have been given out during the course of the school year.
To keep Lakers Closet up and running, any donation is accepted. Along with clothes, clothing racks, hangers, laundry detergent, tennis shoes and monetary donations are immediate needs. To donate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Camdenton Middle School Counseling office.