On Tuesday, Lake Travis High School teachers officially opened a new space for students to get food, clothes, and school supplies.
"We've got sneakers,” said teacher Megan Holden as she gave KVUE a tour of the former classroom, now known as the Cav Lounge. "This is our school supply area.”
It's a spot where students can get clothes, shoes, food, personal hygiene items, even bedding.
"We have a couple of kids right now who don't have any place to live,” said Holden.
Each of these items were donated by someone in the community, including $1,000 worth of donations from the Lake Travis fire fighters.
"People have been so generous,” Holden said.
Until receiving donations for the Cav Lounge, teachers have been providing for the students from out of their own pockets.
"It used to be that I would spend my whole conference period trying to run around campus trying to find a pair of shoes,” said Holden.
"We have had teachers buy glasses for students,” said Erin Kelley.
Kelley has been a teacher at Lake Travis for 9 years.
"It's always been here, the need is so high,” said Kelley.
But Lake Travis is a place where many assume there isn't a need for such items.
"I've been surprised to learn sometimes even my friends are fine, and then they tell me like stuff's going on at home, or they're by themselves, and they don't have food, or can't afford a dress,” said Lake Travis senior Kelly Birdstrup. “To a lot of people, it doesn't seem like we might need one, but there's so many students I know who have problems at home. Or are sometimes living by themselves or don't have a lot of clothes. So I definitely think it's needed even though not a lot of people know about the need."
According to Holden, 12 percent of their students fall into a low socioeconomic status.
"They walk through a parking lot that's filled with range rovers, and going to school in a situation like that is really, I think, I think it's harder for kids who don't have money at this school than it is at a school that has a lot more poor kids,” said Holden.
"It's just about equity just basic equity that is unfortunately assumed in districts like ours,” said Kelley.
With the new Cav Lounge, this group of teachers hopes to anonymously serve about 200 students each school year.
"As much as a boutique as it is, it's also a life saver,” said Kelley.
"We just want to make sure every kids has a fighting chance to be successful,” said Holden.
If you want to donate: they have an Amazon wish list.