Kwek Society Donates Hygiene Supplies to Shawnee Students
In the Potawatomi language, the word Kwe'k means women.
Thanks to a donation from the Kwek Society, all young women in grades 4th-6th in Shawnee Public Schools now have their menstruation needs met.
Eva Marie Carney, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Representative for District #2, founded the Kwek Society to take care of young Native American women. Specifically, the Kwek Society's goal is to help Native American students succeed by giving them access to and information about menstruation supplies. Providing these supplies ensures Native American students do not have to miss school because they cannot take care of basic hygiene needs.
According to Carney, the Kwek Society supplied almost 600 products to SPS students after the organization was contacted by SPS Board member April Stobbe who wanted to ensure "all students have access to the supplies and period education information they need." Carney credited the support from SPS Superintendent Dr. April Grace, a Kwek Society supporter-member, and Stobbe with also making sure restrooms at Shawnee High School are equipped with period supplies.
"We are confident that Shawnee Public Schools will grow its period supply and education program admirably," Carney stated.
According to survey results published on Always.com, "nearly one in five girls in the US have either left school early or missed school entirely because they did not have access to period products." Although the Kwek Society does not have data on the number of young Native American women who are hindered by the lack of period products, the assumption is that Native American students who live in impoverished regions would find access to and cost of menstrual products prohibitive, the nonprofit's website states.
More information about the Kwek Society and its mission can be found at www.kweksociety.org.