When B-L Middle School teacher Tristin Padgett got her school’s Panther Pantry up and running late last year, she had to rely solely on donations from fellow staff members and community supporters to stock the shelves. Now, however, thanks to a $1,000 grant that she received in early January from VFW Post 6561 in Saluda, she has the opportunity to build upon the contributions she’s received so that less fortunate students have even more options to choose from for their clothing, food and hygiene needs.
Through the Panther Pantry program, students who may be in need can personally get in touch with Mrs. Padgett to set up a time to come shop. Teachers are also able to refer students who they believe may need assistance. The program is completely free for students and is confidential. Mrs. Padgett hopes that the Panther Pantry will help ensure that the everyday needs of all students at B-L Middle School are met so that they can focus their entire attention on their academic studies.