Midwest, Oklahoma (KFOR) The menstrual movement has spread to Oklahoma, as a metro school district launched a campaign to end “period poverty” for school-aged girls.

“It’s a game-changer because teachers no longer need to buy vintage products for their students,” said Lindse Barks of the Mid Del Schools Foundation. “It’s a game-changer because parents don’t have to leave work when someone has an emergency.”

Mid-Del Public Schools has partnered with SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital and a national company to provide free personal products.

On Thursday, the district announced it would place more than 200 dispensers filled with sanitary napkins in the district’s girls’ restroom.

Dr Angela Hopkins of SSM Health said: “This will be the first in the state to provide free hygiene products to students, helping to address menstrual poverty and other issues caused by lack of access to hygiene products.”

The district believes SSM Health provided the resources to make this project possible. But before paying tribute to two professors from Mid Del Public who saw the need two years ago and acted immediately.

“We bought the baskets from the local dollar tree and stored them,” said Angel McCallister. “We fought for three years to make sure our girls had the products they needed so they wouldn’t miss school.”

McAllister and his colleague Danielle Taylor took matters into their own hands. They shared the need for sanitary napkins with the manager, and the project took off from there.

“A lot of women talk about being in an accident and being embarrassed, so people are happy to donate products to schools,” Taylor said.

Taylor and McCallister told KFOR SSM Health they have a huge need to develop programs in the region and look after every building in the region, from grades 5 through 12.

“From now on, every teacher, every student, every parent who comes into our building will have access to menstrual products,” Bucks said.

Mid Del High School parent Natalia Robertson was thrilled to hear the news.

“You have to figure things out; you have to figure out every little thing that goes with having a baby and having a girl in school, and that’s going to make it worse,” Robertson said. “Everyone will accept it.”

SSM Health also provided Mid Del Public Schools with a check for $35,000.

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