Katie’s Closet was dedicated to the memory of Scott Middle School Science teacher, Katie Palmer, after her death in April of 2020. Palmer was a Denison alumna with a passion for helping her students and our community.
“She went above and beyond in the classroom and outside of it, often giving to those students in need,” science teacher Heather Arthur Stinett said.
Katie’s Closet is a boutique-style space, equipped with toiletries and a shower where students have access to clothing, and other necessary items that they may need throughout the school year. Whether it be hygiene or necessities, Katie's Closet provides a way that is comfortable and feels like a shopping experience right in the walls of Scott Middle School.
The idea for Katie’s Closet came from Palmer herself, oftentimes collecting items for students in need and this project is a continuation of that. Palmer would collect blankets, clothing, and give additional time to extracurricular activities with special focus on offering a STEM curriculum at the middle school level. Oftentimes, the amount of time, energy, and effort she put into these students and programs was kept anonymous.
“We wish to keep her memory alive and honor her by giving back as she did,” Stinett said.
Katie's Closet is maintained by students and staff at SMS. Student organizations, teachers, and support staff are involved in the organization, decoration, and stocking of the closet to ensure it is kept up and in good working order to serve those who need it most.
“Katie Palmer was a great person, a phenomenal teacher, and it was an honor to have her in our SMS and Denison ISD family. She exuded excellence in everything she did, and her heart was full of love and kindness," Stinett said.