Shelley's Closet now located at the Foreman Center
Shelley’s Closet, a clothing bank that serves students, staff and families throughout Monroe One BOCES, celebrated its new home in the Foreman Center with a grand re-opening on Oct. 23.
“Our move to the Foreman Center is a natural development in the evolution of Shelley's Closet. The central location will allow Shelley's Closet to reach even more students, staff and their families in a timely fashion,” said Creeskide Associate Teacher Lisa Magguilli. “We are excited to have this new space and are so grateful for our years in the Bird-Morgan School.”
Magguilli said the central location of Shelley’s Closet in Room E10 will also serve a greater number of students who would like to volunteer. As members of the Shelley’s Closet team, students have the opportunity to sharpen their vocational skills, including retail and communication skills.
From its humble beginnings as the brainchild of retired Monroe One paraprofessional Carol Tavormina, Shelley's Closet has evolved into a center for student learning as well as a provider of much needed and appreciated material support for the students, staff and families of Monroe One.
Shelley's Closet will continue to provide pop-up store service to Monroe One programs that request it. The Prom & Dinner Dance pop-up shops at Creekside School and O'Connor Academy were very well received. The first annual Fashion Show featuring student and staff models was a huge hit in March 2019. Plans are in place for the second annual Fashion Show to be held in March 2020.
For those who would like to support Shelley’s Closet, Magguilli said they welcome donations of gently used clothing year round. Current urgent needs are gently used winter coats/ jackets of all sizes, mens’ pants in larger sizes and new underwear in all sizes for men, women and kids. Donation boxes are available in all Monroe One BOCES program main offices.