The clothes will be picked up from the Lynn Haven Walmart.

PANAMA CITY — Homeless students in Bay District are getting help courtesy of a grant from Save the Children.

 

The $70,000-plus grant will be used to buy clothes for the kids. Bay District Schools held a meeting Tuesday to go over details of helping out the students.

“Since Hurricane Michael our homeless population has increased so much and we are in need of so many things,” said Luci MacLean, school social worker for Hiland Park Elementary. The grant “will help provide those normal things we are lacking.”

Students are also coping with damaged campuses and mental health concerns nearly a year after Hurricane Michael. MacLean has seen students struggle to “find what their normal is going to be” after their surroundings have changed.

The grant should help students because having clothes to wear will be one less thing they have to worry about, MacLean said.

Sharon Michalik, director of communications for Bay District, said Save the Children wanted to help after seeing the recovery and being told clothing is a big need post-storm.

Clothing lists have been filled out. School representatives will pick up the clothes from the Lynn Haven Walmart and then distribute them.

Girls Inc. is the fiscal agent for the grant since the district couldn’t directly accept funds and The Bay Education Foundation is dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

“With the parents, this is one less thing they have to worry about, just the basics of getting everyday needs met,” MacLean said.