High School Student Fights Period Poverty in Haywood County

HAYWOOD COUNTY, TN - A Haywood High School junior is making a significant difference in west Tennessee. Hailey Cunningham, 17, told us there weren't any resources available for students that received their period for the first time. 

"I didn't have them when I was in middle school... it was something that I needed," Cunningham said. 

The student gathered bags, pads, tampons, and pamphlets to create 'period kits' for students at Haywood Middle School. Pamphlets inside the 'period kits explain how to use period supplies properly.

With the help of her Medical Terminology teacher, Cunningham was able to purchase the items needed for the project. She told us she was inspired by a YouTube video to create the period kits for her community. 

All the period kits Cunningham creates are gender-inclusive. We asked Haley what are her plans in the future, "I would like to double-major in Computer Science and Bio-Medical Engineering." She currently working on projects focused on critical-race theory and experience for future surgeons. 

Our Bare Needs Diaper Banks will partner with Hailey in the future by providing period supplies whenever needed. 

If you would like to donate to the Bare Needs Diaper Bank, or if you need help with diapers or period supplies, visit midsouthfoodbank.org/diaper-bank

Posted by Courtney Mickens at 09:33
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