This Woman Shared One Thoughtful Thing Fellow Teachers Can Do To Help Their Female Students

"Once you've already figured out that there is an issue, the last thing you want to do is head to the office wait in line."

While most of our beautifully designed Ipsy bags are collecting dust in our closet, this teacher found a creative way to repurpose hers to help her students. For those uninitiated, Ipsy is a makeup subscription service which supplies customers with five cosmetic samples each month inside cute makeup bags. The bags have different pretty designs, but because subscribers get them so frequently, they don't all get used. 

Instead of letting hers pile up, Kristin Richardson, who teaches eighth-grade math at University Prep Academy Middle School in Detroit, is using them to create menstruation care packages for her students. 

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She hopes they'll help her students who start their periods unexpectedly while in class. 

"In middle school, this happens A LOT," Richardson wrote on Facebook. "I put a few pads in the bag and a couple tampons and panty liners, and I also add a few pre-wrapped disposable wipes. The students know that they can come ask, and they get a really pretty bag with their needed supplies inside. It's discreet and more fun than being handed a giant pad."

For some, getting a period unexpectedly can feel embarrassing, uncomfortable, and make girls feel less than confident. By giving them the supplies they need, minimizing the effort they need to get them, and zipping them up in a pretty bag, Richardson is helping to make things a little easier for her students.  

She always makes sure that they have enough period supplies for the whole day. "I make a point to ask if they need more to take home," she wrote. She noted that these bags have already proved useful in just the first week of school this year. 

"Sure, the office has pads for students, but once you've already figured out that there is an issue, the last thing you want to do is head to the office wait in line, ask for what you need, walk back to the bathroom, etc. I am right across from the bathroom and that makes it much more convenient than having to go all the way to the office," Richardson wrote. 

She shared her efforts on Facebook on Monday in hopes that other teachers would do the same for their students. Since then, her post has been shared over 1,500 times and more than 2,100 likes. Hopefully, she'll inspire many teachers to make menstrual products easily available to students who need them. 

(H/T: HuffPost)

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