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Posted October 1, 2013

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APS Clothing Bank Reaching Out to Many

A new online ordering system will allow the district to help even more families without taking students out of class.

The APS Community Clothing Bank has clothed more than 1,200 students since Albuquerque Public Schools assumed day-to-day operations at the beginning of the school year.

Students in APS Transition Services and a leadership class at the University of New Mexico are helping organize the clothing bank previously managed by the Bernalillo County PTA. In addition, APS is partnering with Goodwill Industries on providing vouchers for families in need.

“We are pleased that the staff and community have responded so positively to the needs of our students,” said Superintendent Winston Brooks. “Our students need to be properly clothed in order to focus on learning, and we have stepped up to the plate to make sure that is happening.”

APS is in the process of creating an online ordering system that will help even more families without taking students out of class. The families will be able to work with school counselors on placing orders for items students need.

“Things are moving quickly on this project and I am proud to make such a difference in the lives of our students," said APS Volunteer Programs Manager Sonja Martens.  “We still have a lot of work to do and we need the community’s support.”

New or gently used clothing can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday at Transition Services, the portable classroom located next door to the Clothing Bank at 1730 University Blvd. SE.

Cash and checks for the Clothing Bank may be made to the APS Education Foundation, PO Box 25704, Albuquerque, NM 87125. They also may be brought to the Foundations office at 6400 Uptown NE, Suite 630 East or you may donate online at www.apseducationfoundation.org.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Clothing Bank contact Sonja Martens, APS volunteer programs manager, at martens@aps.edu or at 855-5267.

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