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Teacher Clothes Closet collecting professional clothing for aspiring teachers


A local partnership is working to make looking professional a reality for young future teachers.

The Teacher Clothes Closet is a partnership between University of South Carolina Teaching Fellows, Dutch Fork High School Teacher Cadets and the Palmetto State Teachers Association.

They're accepting gently used or new professional clothing items to give to student teachers who may not be able to afford a work wardrobe. Here’s a list of items they’re accepting:
Men’s clothing:
-Suits, sport coats, blazers
-Collared and button-down shirts
-Dress shoes (ie., loafers)
-Belts (brown or black)
Women’s clothing:
-Skirts and dress pants
-Tops and blouses
-Blazers and jackets
-Scarves and belts
-Work appropriate shoes
For women’s clothing, the group asks that donations are mindful of necklines and lengths for wear in a classroom setting.
Executive Director of the Palmetto State Teacher’s Association, Kathy Maness, said the group held this drive during the fall. She said it was so successful that they decided to do it again this spring.
"People need to go into a school, especially a high school and tell who's the teacher and who's the student. Dress is so important. And I know at the colleges they stress the importance of professional dress. We are here to help them achieve that professional dress," Maness said.
You can drop off donations through Friday, February 5th at the Palmetto State Teachers Association, 2015 Assembly St, Columbia. The shopping day for future teachers is Tuesday, February 9th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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