Drives collect cold-weather gear for Clinton, McPhee students

Drives collect cold-weather gear for Clinton, McPhee students

Yoojeong Lee, a junior from South Korea, was among three Nebraska art students who were among "Scarves for Kids" volunteers on Nov. 20.
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Yoojeong Lee, a junior from South Korea, knits for the "Scarves for Kids" project.

Students at Clinton and McPhee elementary schools are benefiting from two campus-led drives to collect cold weather gear.

The School of Natural Resources' "Coats for Clinton" program collected enough coats, scarves, hats, gloves and sweatshirts to fill seven trash bags. Campaign organizers said the result — which also included $1,200 in cash donations — was the largest in the 10-year history of the program.

For more details on the drive, click here.

Volunteers for a project led by Jo Ann Emerson and Sandra Williams donated 200 scarves for students at McPhee Elementary.

Many of the scarves were handmade by the volunteers. The project was inspired by a news story from New Hampshire.

According to Lincoln Public Schools, 92 percent of students at Clinton Elementary and 89 percent at McPhee Elementary are in the free- or reduced-lunch program. Many of the students at both schools also take a backpack of food home each Friday so their families can eat through the weekend.

Faculty, staff and students interested in donating to the students can still do so by contacting administrators at the schools.

Lanette Kreifels, executive secretary at McPhee Elementary, said students at the school are in need of winter boots (sizes 12 toddler to kids 7), blankets and quilts.

Linda Kern, Clinton Elementary faculty care coordinator, accepts the Coats for Clinton donations from Dee Ebbeka, SNR Community Engagement Committee member, on Dec. 9 at the school. | Shawna Richter-Ryerson, Natural Resources
Linda Kern, Clinton Elementary faculty care coordinator, accepts the Coats for Clinton donations from Dee Ebbeka, SNR Community Engagement Committee member, on Dec. 9 at the school. | Shawna Richter-Ryerson, Natural Resources