‘Stuff Happens!’ Academy Park High Junior Sets Out to Help Struggling Students


An Academy Park High School junior wanted to help her classmates who may be struggling to afford day-to-day items in their lives, from school supplies to sweatshirts, to personal care items. 

A resource closet at the school was the result, writes Dawn Timmeney and the Fox 29 staff.  

Aicha Coulibaly came up with an idea a year ago to collect hygiene products for her classmates.  

Now the closet is full of various personal care items, all school board-approved.  

“Everybody deserves to have basic needs. It’s not something you should really think twice about. It’s human decency,” said Coulibaly.  

She’s been helped in the endeavor by senior Giovanna Forte, creating personal care tote bags.  

“We just want people to feel comfortable coming here, like not being afraid or embarrassed because there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. I mean, stuff happens. We are just here to help,” said Forte.  

The school provides space off the gym for the closet, known as “Knights Chamber.”

Students who need items can contact a faculty or staff member to access the closet.  

Read more at Fox 29 about Aicha Coulibaly’s success at creating a resource closet for students in need.  

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