We keep reading glowing stories about the economy but very little about low wages, barely enough to live on.

We read very little about the schools and classrooms that maintain food pantries for families or the teachers who pay for their students’ school supplies.

Here is a teacher in Maynardsville, Tennessee, who maintains a “hygiene cabinet” in her classroom, where students can get free toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, tampons, and other necessities.

The locked metal cabinet doesn’t look amiss in Sarah Helms’ sixth grade classroom, with its bright yellow walls and green plastic stationery caddies. But rather than pencils, pens or binder paper, its shelves hold bottles of shampoo and body wash, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, cotton swabs, sanitary pads and tampons.

For the past three school years, Helms, an English teacher at Horace Maynard Middle School in Maynardville, Tennessee, has stocked a “hygiene closet” with personal care items donated for students from low-income families by fellow teachers, current and former Horace Maynard parents, and members of the community. Helms uses cash donations to buy supplies at the dollar store. Her parents gave her the cabinet.

Are you listening, Governor Bill Lee? Are you listening, Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Marsha Blackburn?