Room of Requirement Helps Students in Hibbing

Updated: February 27, 2018 06:46 PM

If you're a Harry Potter fan, you know what the magical Room of Requirement is. If you're not familiar, here's the scoop. It's a room at Hogwarts that fills with items, whenever someone is in need of them.

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Mrs. Dana Lindstrom knows all about Harry Potter. The social studies teacher at the Hibbing High School has touches of the series in her room.

And one floor below her class, is Hibbing's Room of Requirement. It's filled with clothes, toiletries, and food items.

"We help get the stuff together, and organize it, and get it ready for students who need it," explained Rachel Morse, a 9th grader.

Megan Bussey, an 8th grader, added, "I think it's really cool to help people."

People like Breanna Tilander. The 9th grader told us she has used the room before. "I used to go to Mrs. Lindstrom's room in the morning. We didn't have breakfast, because we couldn't afford it, and she would always give me snacks. It was so nice."

This all started three years ago, with a few folders and sweatshirts, in a closet in Mrs. Lindstrom's class. "It just kind of grew and grew, and this year we got our own room for it. Then the United Way helped us get started with some donations," Lindstrom explained.

Plenty of Blue Jackets get involved. Melissa Crowe, a teacher, said that her students help wash the clothes that come in, and even go shopping for the groceries.

You don't need to pay any money for items in the room, which is open during the school day. Students are encouraged to pay it forward though, by doing acts of kindness. Suggestions are typed out on slips that are in a jar near the door.

If you'd like to help them stock the Room of Requirement, you can bring items to the school.

Also, they are working on collecting things for the prom season.

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