TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Officials with Trotwood-Madison City Schools say that so far, nearly all of the students who were displaced after the tornado outbreak plan to return to school in Trotwood next month. Now, the district is trying to get those students what they need, including new uniforms.
They are asking organizations or groups to consider sponsoring a grade level and/or building for either shirts ($8 each) or pants ($10 each). The hope is that each student will be able to have at least three outfits.
According to the district, 226 students are in need of new uniforms. That includes 29 students at the Early Learning Center, 54 students at Madison Park Elementary School, 56 students at Westbrooke Village Elementary School and 87 students at Trotwood-Madison Middle School.
Those interested in donating should contact Ella Jordan Isaac at 937-854-3050, option 1, extension 1181.
Even though her home was damaged in the tornado, mother of two Heather Murray is working to help other families in Trotwood. She serves on the Trotwood-Madison school district’s Parent Engagement team, which is making calls daily to displaced families, trying to get them what they need.
“Families are dealing with a lot of huge losses, so just to be able to help them with their kids, with uniforms, would be a great help,” she says.
The school has compiled a list of students directly impacted by the tornado in Trotwood, and therefore, parents do not need to call the district in order to request uniform assistance.
Parents of affected students will be notified once uniforms are on site, with further details about the pickup process.
Last month, district officials announced 363 of their students were displaced in the Memorial Day tornadoes.
At a press conference Wednesday night, school officials said the majority of those families intend to stay with the district, and so far, only two of the displaced students do not plan to return to school in Trotwood next month.
The district says that many of the displaced students are staying nearby in Dayton and Harrison Township. Others are currently living in Centerville and Springfield, according to the Parent Engagement team.
Superintendent Tyrone Olverson says the district is still trying to figure out transportation costs and logistics of getting those students to school.
“We won’t probably know our real counts until about October 1st. It’s going to be a lot of kids moving in and out,” he said.
Additionally, Crayons to Classrooms will bring stocked bookbags for all Trotwood-Madison students in grades PK-12, and Shoes for the Shoeless will provide footwear on July 24 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. for eligible families. Those eligible families will be contacted by the district’s Parent Engagers.