Newark Teachers Union to Offer Uniform Vouchers to Local Families

Once a family receives a voucher, it can then be applied to a school-uniform purchase at Kids Place, with stores at 311 Ferry St. in Newark and 126 Broad St. in Elizabeth.

Over the summer, Kids Place in the Ironbound helped families in Newark receive a uniform through a voucher initiative headed by local nonprofit, Girls; Live, Love Laugh, Inc. The initiative provided 100 single parents and their daughters in grades pre-K through seventh in the Newark Public School District with vouchers for one free uniform at Kids Place. 

Through the teachers union initiative, the program will work two-fold. It aims to increase vaccinations among students while also helping families tack off some dollars on uniform purchases for their children. 

Today, the cost of a school uniform for just one child can easily run a family upwards of $50 between pants, shirts and blouses for girls. For many single parents and low-income families, relieving some of that cost could come as a tremendous help. 

The NTU contributed $12,000 to the purchase of the 2,500 Kids Place vouchers. The American Federation of Teachers also covered the $13,000 balance via a grant as part of the AFT’s "Back to School for All initiative."

Statewide, other funded projects in this effort involving AFT New Jersey members and the Perth Amboy Federation have also helped distribute free educational books over the summer at vaccination clinics in Perth Amboy.

"We are pleased that the partnership among the NTU, AFT national and AFTNJ is providing not only an incentive for students to get the vaccine but also providing support for working parents so students can be in classrooms," said AFTNJ President Donna Chiera. “The science and data show us that in schools where students and staff are vaccinated and wearing masks, there is a reduced risk of virus transmission." 

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