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Local high school runs free community clothing bank

Pueblo High School students get job-ready
Posted at 2:14 PM, Nov 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-10 16:14:36-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — A community clothing bank is being run out of Pueblo High School.

It's a part of Tucson Unified School District's Transition From School to Work Program, and was created as a job skill training program for students wanting to work in retail.

"This is where students also on campus do career exploration to see what customer service is like," said teacher, Ana Reyna Mada.

From stocking to maintaining the store and greeting customers as they walk through the doors, this retail setting helps the students become job ready.

"And they're able to gain skills to be able to - after they graduate from here, be able to go out into the workplace and find a job to where, let's say its in retail, oh they already have the skills to complete that task," said Reyna Mada.

People can choose from typical clothing items to shoes, books and hygiene supplies. The district said the clothing bank has also helped overall attendance at the high school. Students who get dress code violations are able to find clothing alternatives at the bank and in stay in classes instead of going home.

"The students that work and go to school here, they are really thankful about the program because they get to gain the skills and the people that come in, they're thankful because the cloths here are donated but its free here to the public. So whatever they need, they can grab," said Reyna Mada.

To donate items, drive up to Pueblo High School's front gate and tell them you have a donation.