- 22% of children live below the poverty line
- 19% of public schools require uniforms
- Hundreds of thousands of school children living below the poverty level nationwide were served by Dignity U Wear last year
Each year toward the end of August, thousands of children go shopping for new clothes, and on the first day of school, they proudly dress in trendy outfits ranging from designer jeans and graphic tees to tights and appliqué tops.
Thousands more don’t. They instead pull on last year’s too-small shirts and hope no one notices that their pants hems hover above their ankles, or that the ketchup stain isn’t part of the fabric design.
Serving School Children in Need
Dignity U Wear’s goal is simple: to help provide children with the tools they need for success. And some of those tools are as simple as pants and a shirt. Dignity U Wear invites you to help give needy children the chance to brave the cold without fear, or the chance walk into a classroom without worrying about what they’re wearing. For you, it’s a change of clothes. For them, it’s a change of life.
Did You Know
Learning With Dignity focuses on children in public school districts. The poverty rate in the public school system across the nation is on average between 30 and 40 percent (Washington Post 2015). What’s even more alarming is 1.4 million children are deemed homeless, according to Department of Education (2015). These numbers doubling since 2007. Over 50 percent qualify for free or reduced lunch programs, according to a KIDS Count report published in 2016. These numbers are based on students pre-kindergarten to grade 12, the same age range ‘Learning With Dignity’ focuses on when delivering new size-specific clothing.
The involvement of community partnerships to provide intervention strategies and innovative programs is needed to effectively address the everyday issues facing struggling students. Also, access to social programs are often times sparse. Through our partner schools districts we are able to directly reach students in need at no cost to the district or child served. If we are serious about giving students a meaningful education we have to do the things that overcome the damages of poverty. Providing for basic needs to keep kids engaged and self-confident requires a great deal of things, and we believe the appropriate new size-specific school clothing is just one more tool in the wrap-around efforts currently being made. Our goal is to touch as many children as possible. The more support, the more these numbers can increase.