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How to Start a Uniform Closet at Your School

May 10, 2024

Uniform closets play a vital role in fostering inclusivity and support within school communities. it is also a way to shop secondhand on an item specific to your school, that you probably can't find secondhand anywhere else. Let's be real uniforms can be really expensive. By providing students in need with access to free or low-cost uniforms, schools can ensure that all students have equal opportunities to excel academically and socially.


There are lots of ways to move and share uniforms at a school. Here are a few that don't involve the effort of running a permanent uniform closet at your school:


Meet the TeacherDay - Host a Uniform Swap -  During and around the meet the teacher event the school community can bring up their no longer needed uniforms. You need a space like the cafeteria with tables to host the event.  Host it as a "swap" where everyone brings their things and offers them for free. You bring your old stuff and you can take other peoples stuff with no money exchanged. Check out our blog article here, on how to host a clothing swap.
Facebook Group - this is another option that is pretty self explanatory, set up a uniform sale or swap Facebook group. This needs to be managed by a parent and not the school, to encourage community and remove the schools involvement. We recommended not allowing people to exchange at the school, it can hold up carpools and is a security issue.  



If you're considering starting a permanent uniform closet at your school, way to go! Let us know how it goes. Here are some steps to help you get started:

1. Assess the Need: The first step in establishing a uniform closet is to assess the need within your school community. Talk to teachers, counselors, and administrators to identify students who may benefit from access to free or discounted uniforms.



2. Secure a Space: Allocate a designated space within the school, such as a room or closet, to store and display the donated uniforms. Ensure that the space is easily accessible to students and is equipped with shelves or racks for organizing the clothing items.



3. Solicit Donations: Reach out to parents, staff, and the local community to solicit donations of gently used or new uniforms. Consider organizing a uniform drive or partnering with local businesses to support your cause.



4. Establish Guidelines: Create guidelines for accepting and distributing uniforms to students in need. Clearly outline the criteria for eligibility, procedures for accessing the uniform closet, and rules for maintaining the clothing items.



5. Promote Awareness: Raise awareness about the uniform closet through announcements, flyers, and social media. Encourage students, parents, and staff to utilize the resources available and emphasize the importance of supporting fellow community members.



6. Monitor and Evaluate: Regularly monitor the inventory of the uniform closet and evaluate its impact on students in need. Collect feedback from recipients and stakeholders to identify areas for improvement and ensure the sustainability of the initiative.


Starting a uniform closet at your school is a meaningful way to promote inclusivity, support students in need, and cultivate a sense of community. By following these steps and fostering collaboration among school stakeholders, you can make a positive difference in the lives of students and contribute to a more equitable learning environment.

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