Kimberly McLaughlin is a hero to many students at Milwaukee’s South Division High School, not just because of the work she does as a Milwaukee Public Schools safety assistant but because of the way she connects with students every day – and then goes above and beyond to help them.
Kimberly, who is known around school as Mama Mac, is being recognized for her work in creating Mama Mac’s Closet, where she collects coats, socks, hats, scarves, shoes, and personal hygiene products and then redistributes them to students who “maybe need extra help.”
“Word has spread on the south side about Mama Mac’s Closet and families are really grateful and appreciative,” McLaughlin said in an MPS article.
Kimberly, a WEAC and Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association member who has received the Sid Hatch building leader award from MTEA, is the subject of both a recent news video from WTMJ TV and a feature article from MPS:
WTMJ TV video:
MPS feature article:
During a winter season about 10 years ago, MPS safety assistant Kimberly McLaughlin noticed many South Division High School students weren’t wearing coats. So she began collecting coats from parents, staff and the community. Word spread quickly that “Mama Mac” was seeking items for those in need.