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"Attire to Aspire" clothing drive planned

Lawton_A Lawton teacher has started a clothing campaign to help students who can't afford the proper school clothes.

MacArthur High School science teacher Kimberly Jones calls the program "Attire to Aspire."

Twelve Lawton elementary schools are now a part of the district's modified dress code, which requires polo style shirts, and slacks, or shorts. While that code is aimed at removing peer pressure that sometimes comes with clothing, it can create a financial bind for some families.

Jones saw the need firsthand.

"The idea came about when I went to an elementary school last year and donated a couple of items. The secretary shared with me that they were really in need of the items because of some students didn't have the items," Jones said.

So she shared that concern with some of the administration at Lawton Public Schools, and they agreed to support the project. School is a place where students come to learn, but sometimes outside factors can cause distractions or obstacles.

"We are always focused on academics, so anything that may hinder academics we try to resolve it right there at the school."

And for some kids that distraction can come from clothing. When a child comes to school and doesn't meet the proper dress code, they are often sent home. The "Attire to Aspire" program helps provide another option.

"Every elementary school has a clothes closet. Our goal is to receive enough supplies of the polo shirts, navy slacks, the khaki pants that if the teachers realize they have a student with a problem, when it comes to meeting the dress code, they can resolve it right there on site."

The clothing closets can also provide aid to families who know they can't dress their children in the proper clothing, providing both parents and students with peace of mind.

"If you have students that know that they have the items there at the school, I think that will make their day go a lot smoother, if they know and feel comfortable. We don't want students to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable if they don't have the right attire."

But the "Attire to Aspire" program needs your help with donations.

They need any new or slightly used polo type shirts and black, navy, or khaki bottoms to fit boys and girls from Kindergarten to 5th-grade.

You can donate those items at a clothing drive this Saturday from 10am to 1 pm at McMahon Park on SW 38th and Lee. For more information, you can contact Kimberly Jones at kjones@lawtonps.org.

The current donation push is to support back to school. But Jones hopes that the program will extend throughout the year to support students' needs as the weather changes.

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