Hawk Threads unites community to help students in need

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The community and students at Corning-Painted Post High School united to give back to fellow students in need. 

For the second year, Hawk Threads has provided for students in need of clothes, school supplies or accessories. 

Located on the second floor of the high school, students are able to pick up any item they want, free of charge. 

“We try to make it as similar to a real shopping experience as possible,” Frank Barber, Assistant Principal at the high school, said. “The cool part is they come from the community, they come from other students, so it really is a group effort, I’m really proud of what we’re doing.”

The school intends on preserving the confidentiality of those who utilize Hawk Threads. 

“We can do things after school or we’ve offered to take clothes home if they don’t want to carry bags on the bus,” Barber said. 

School counselors, administration and social workers can take students up to Hawk Threads at any time individually and ensure they have what they need to bring back home. 

Hawk Threads is open to all students during the school year every Wednesday during lunch periods and one evening every month. 

School administrators are looking to expand access year-round.

“There are a lot of us that are here for 12 months and I think that would be valuable for the people in the community, and obviously the need never goes away, so I would like to, at some point, make that happen, ” Barber said. 

Currently, prom dresses and tuxedos are considered a need. Those looking to donate can bring bags of clothes and accessories to the main office desk. 

“We did not foresee this coming and what it has become, there are students that use it often,” Barber said. “I just hope the people in the community who have donated know the things that they’ve donated are going to good use.”

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