A non-profit helps teens who can't afford graduation

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Thanks to a program in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, students won’t have to miss graduation ceremonies because they can’t afford the cap and gown. The local Hmong Mutual Assistance Association started The Cap and Gown Recycling Program last year to provide the gear students need for commencement ceremonies free of charge to any student who needs it.

When the group learned that the $42 price tag for the basic cap and gown was a barrier forcing some low income students to skip graduation, they started collecting donated caps and gowns in local school colors. Recipients are welcome to keep the cap and gown, or return it to pay it forward for another student to use in the future.

The organization knows that pride can make young people reluctant to take handouts, so they don’t ask any questions of potential recipients. Executive Director Pa Thao says, “If you take it, we know you need it, and that’s all that matters.”

Source: The Leader Telegram

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