Chase Neyland-Square who is only 13 years old and studies in 8th grade at Port Allen Middle School did something for his classmates which is praiseworthy.
The young boy created a special closet behind the stage in the school’s gym that offers a variety of donated clothes to students in need.
“They had a family, a Port Allen family who suffered from a fire, so they came in and got a whole new closet full of clothes,” Neyland-Square said.
“I know that everybody doesn’t have things and I’m fortunate to have things that other people don’t have,” he told local CBS affiliate WAFB. “I look at it as sometimes, how would I feel in this situation?”
All the donors made it possible to fill the collection of clothing items, from coats and sweatshirts to dresses and shoes. Not only clothes but PAM’s Pantry also offers school supplies, like markers, pencils, pencil sharpeners and binders.
“I wanted to make a difference in the school because I wanted everybody to feel equal,” he told WAFB. “Sometimes kids have less confidence in the classroom because of their apparel or what they have on.”
Neyland-Square’s mom, Amanda Square, told Good Morning America: ”He seems to have a great passion for people,”
”It makes me proud because we’re very blessed and I always encourage him to bless others.”
According to WAFB: ”PAM’s Pantry is the result of the Student Program for Arts, Recreation, and Knowledge (SPARK). It was started by Principal Jessica Major in 2016 with the goal of creating young leaders.”
”The program takes place over the summer and allows students to bounce ideas off each other, then figure out how to implement them.’
”My favorite part about SPARK is you can share your ideas with people and they can help you with your ideas and they can give you more ideas to make the school better,” said 7th grader, Jacie Pattan.
”Our kids wanted more books in the library that they enjoy,” Major said. “We took a survey so all the books in the library are based on what the kids like to read.”
”Our increase in library checkouts is by like 100%,” she said. ”Kids love to check out books in the library.”
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