Eagle’s Wings Brings Smiles to Students at Central Elementary

Posted on 04/16/2019
Eagle's Wing volunteers holds up shirt for student

For most students, April 12 was just a typical Friday at Central Elementary, but for some students, it was one of their favorite days of the year. It was shopping day! Twice a year, the nonprofit organization called Eagle’s Wings visits to set up a temporary “boutique” for children in need to pick out new clothes.

The organization allows students to choose three different outfits that include shirts, pants, socks, underwear, and a new pair of shoes. Through generous donations, Eagle’s Wings is able to purchase brand new clothes from a variety of stores, including Nike. “Our whole focus is to have the children fit in and to feel good about themselves. That’s why we’ve chosen brand new clothes,” said Eagle’s Wings President Audrey Ryan.

Central Elementary student shows off his new Spiderman shoesCentral employees and Eagle’s Wings volunteers love to help, but the students’ reactions are what makes the day so rewarding. “We’ll usually have some tears because they are so excited,” said pre-K teacher Dana Thornton. “They will want to change their clothes before they go to recess and they talk about how their new shoes make them jump higher and run faster.”

One student excitedly walked into the boutique wearing a Spiderman t-shirt and left with a new pair of Spiderman shoes and a big smile on his face to complete his heroic look. Another student looked forward to sporting her new colorful shoes on the kickball field.

The organization assists thirty Central students twice a year. Overall, they work with three school districts and have helped 350 students in the past year alone. “It’s sad that the need is there, but we’re thankful that we can help them,” said Ryan. Eagle’s Wings accepts cash donations online or new clothing items at drop of locations. A list of needed items can be found on their website.

Eagle's Wings boutique at Central ElementaryThornton shared how these simple additions to the students’ closets can really make a difference in their lives. “It’s a basic need for students to come to school and feel good about themselves and be happy,” said Thornton. “It builds them up for success. It sets them up to be ready to learn.”

The students can focus more on their schoolwork and just simply being a kid. “When you come to school with new clothes and new tennis shoes, it's one less thing they have to worry about,” said counselor Shannon Orzel. Because of the generous efforts of Eagle’s Wings, students can focus more on channeling their favorite superhero like Spiderman, and now, they have the perfect ensemble to help them save the world!

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