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Caring Closet provides access to essentials for needy students

9:29 PM, Jul. 26, 2013
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In a small corner of the East Junior High School cafeteria, behind a locked door, lies a sight akin to a department store, filled with life essentials meant for needy students in the Wisconsin Rapids School District.

The Caring Closet provides everything from clothes and hygiene products to school supplies and other items and is accessible at any time by certain staff members at all schools in the district, said Heather Lisitza, the district's homeless coordinator. The center serves about a couple hundred students each year, she said.

"It's nice because there's not a lot of red tape ...

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