Dillingham Elementary carries on teacher's legacy
SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — Dillingham Elementary School is carrying on the passion project of fourth grade teacher Nicole Newbold.
Newbold died last October at age 49, leaving behind Caring Closet, a year-round donation drive that she started last summer.
"She wanted to make sure that our kids had everything they needed," said Dillingham Principal Steven Traw. "She was very student-focused; she just wanted to make sure they had their needs taken care of that they may not necessarily get at home."
After Newbold's death, the school re-named the program "Cole's Closet" to honor her nickname. It collects clothing, hygiene items, and school supplies for students in need.
"We have a checklist that all the teachers get, and it is open to the entire school," said Destanie Doll, Communities in Schools coordinator. "No matter who it is — even the family, if they are needing anything."
Newbold's colleagues believe keeping Cole's Closet alive also keeps her spirit alive.
"We want to make sure that her name is still a constant in the building, and we want to make sure her legacy continues to where even though she may not physically be here to make an impact, she's still making an impact in every student's life," said fourth grade teacher Raimi Slakey.
Newbold's hope was to bring similar projects to every school in the Sherman Independent School District.
Donations are accepted year-round at the front office of Dillingham Elementary School, 1701 Gallagher Drive.