Jefferson City teachers go back-to-school swapping

1 year 10 months 2 weeks ago July 10, 2014 Jul 10, 2014 Thursday, July 10 2014 Thursday, July 10, 2014 2:20:00 PM CDT in News
By: Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City teachers and district staff got a chance to update their closets at the first district-wide closet swap Thursday.

Holly Watson began teaching in Jefferson City 22 years ago. The fifth grade teacher said she hoped to find some dressier tops at the exchange. She said educators need a diverse closet to keep up with their work. "Especially with elementary school," she said. "You get down on the floor, on their level, but you also need dressier clothes for parent-teacher conferences and back-to-school nights."

The clothing was free and any remaining items will be donated to local charities.

"I have two teenage boys that I'm spending a lot of money on for hobbies, sports and education," Watson said as she thumbed through a table of shirts. 

Safety and Wellness Coordinator for the district Becky Pfenenger organized the event. She said she had the idea to host the event after exchanging clothes with friends. Pfenenger encouraged district employees to bring in their unwanted clothes and accessories to swap during the two-day event. 

"There's nothing better than looking through free clothes on a teacher's salary," Callaway Hills Reading Recovery teacher Amy Pulliam said. She suggested a stylist come in next year to help teachers learn how they can mix and match items.

The event is the first wellness event of the 2014-2015 school year for the JCPS Wellness Program. Teachers and staff can earn a $50 bonus for attending wellness events throughout the semester. Pfenenger said future events include a 5K run, a nutrition seminar and a team cardio challenge. She said she tries to tie the Jefferson City community into the wellness activities to build relationships with families without, or who no longer have, students in the local schools. 

"As a wellness coordinator, I try to think of ideas that incorporate more than fitness and nutrition," Pfenenger said. "There are so many componenets to wellness and I thought this would be a wonderful way and a great initiative to really get people more involved in wellness and realize it's just about feeling better about who you are."

The Closet Swap is open to all Jefferson City Public Schools employees and ends at noon Friday.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – Newer buses purchased in the late 2000s by the City of Columbia are costing much more in maintenance... More >>
1 hour ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:17:00 PM CDT in Target 8
LINN - Transgender woman Cathy Serino received an invitation on Wednesday to participate in the "The United States of Women"... More >>
1 hour ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:15:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Memorial Day weekend festivities are underway following the Salute to Veterans wreath laying ceremony outside the Boone County... More >>
1 hour ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked 100,000 people about their smoking habits and found current... More >>
2 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 7:16:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City, Missouri, police say an officer shot and wounded a woman they say pointed a... More >>
3 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:45:41 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 19-year-old Illinois man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a downtown St.... More >>
4 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 5:25:24 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon announced today that the Echo Bluff State Park in Shannon County will officially be... More >>
5 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 4:37:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri school immunization requirements for students are changing. Students entering eighth grade and twelfth grade are required... More >>
6 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 3:27:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's insurance department has dealt a setback to a proposal by the nation's third-largest health insurer... More >>
6 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 3:25:45 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A state audit released Wednesday cites "serious mismanagement" by the former superintendent of the Fox School... More >>
6 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 2:56:24 PM CDT in News
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri plans to merge with the abortion provider's central Oklahoma affiliate... More >>
7 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 2:43:21 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Columbia's Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI) hosts an entrepreneur event, 1 Million Cup, every Wednesday morning from 9... More >>
7 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 2:41:00 PM CDT in News
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender... More >>
7 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 2:31:00 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Greene County officials say they'll be able to hold Springfield municipal inmates at the county jail once... More >>
7 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 2:13:17 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman already accused of embezzling more than $300,000 from engineering firm Black &... More >>
7 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 1:55:09 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a vehicle speeding through Columbia led to a "nearly head-on" collision on... More >>
10 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:38:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri - Columbia is under fire by the group Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, or SAEN,... More >>
11 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 10:43:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the shooting death of an 8-month-old boy in St. Louis (all times... More >>
12 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 9:16:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 73°
10pm 75°
11pm 74°
12am 73°
1am 73°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

9:00p
Chicago P.D.
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
9:30p
Seinfeld
10:00p
Cougar Town
10:30p
Cougar Town

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Heartbeat
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00p
Chicago P.D.
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld