SALT LAKE CITY — Downstairs below the gym at East High School, two old small locker rooms are being transformed. Each now has fresh paint, a washing machine and clothes dryer, lockers with donated clothing and a shower with red and white tile — the school’s colors.
The importance of the lockers: they are for homeless students.
Principal Greg Maughan says these facilities should open this month. The school has at least 80 homeless students within the student body of 2,000.
“The kids I’ve talked to about it, they are so excited,” Maughan said. “They are going to help get the word out to the others because they can be a tight-knit group.”
The washroom and shower facilities were the idea of East High’s Parent Teacher Association, which made a goal to help their vulnerable population this year, said co-chair Kris Barta.
Barta is …
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