As part of the ever growing effort to help school students with needed supplies, Lexi’s Closet has been introduced at the Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School. Lexi’s Closet first came into being at Weston High School in honor of Lexi Wise, who in 2019 at the tender age of 10 years old, was tragically killed in an ATV accident.
The fully stocked closet of supplies was greatly appreciated as evidenced by the statement below given by Kyle Horton on the JHMS Facebook page.
“Thank you Lexi’s Closet for a fully stocked closet! The faculty and staff at Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School can’t thank you enough for giving back to the children in our community!“
During the Christmas break in 2020, Lexi’s mom, Pam, had an idea to create a closet filled with supplies for the less fortunate students as a way to honor Lexi and what she loved to do most, give back.
“I feel like God just laid it on the heart… it just came to me. Me and my mom were talking, and we were like, you know, we should start something to help kids because that’s what she enjoyed doing,” reflected Pam in a 2021 feature story about the benevolent movement done by KNOE-TV in Monroe.
Pam mentioned the idea to Weston High School’s art teacher, Cyndi Beaubouef. Loving the idea, Beaubouef found a closet in the school that was not being used, rounded up some of Lexi’s classmates and went to work.
“It was crammed packed with every discard from the school from floor to ceiling and my high school students cleaned it out. They purged it, swept it, cloroxed it, and disinfected it, and then when they got it completely done they worked with Lexi’s friends in the sixth grade to paint it her favorite color.” said Beaubouef during the interview.
At first supplies were bought with money Lexi’s friends raised during bake sales and other fundraisers as well as donations from people in the community. Since the business community has gotten involved which has helped the effort to give back to those less fortunate spread to schools all over Jackson and Winn Parishes.
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