ALTOONA, Iowa -- Recess is often the most popular time at elementary school. But during the winter most schools require students wear hats, gloves, jackets, snow pants, and boots. School officials say more families each year struggle with providing their children with these items.
“A paycheck only goes so far. There`s just a lot of need in our district. Our free and reduced lunch populations are going up,” Altoona Elementary guidance counselor Jane Kayser said. “Our students are just in need more and more every year. I guess we just feel at the school level that if their basic needs can be met then they`re more prepared to come to work academically and take on the tasks that we ask them”
Southeast Polk is teaming up with Bass Pro Shops for a “Warm Kids Campaign.” The district is asking people to drop off new hats, gloves, mittens, and boots at Bass Pro Shop through December.
Most districts have winter weather drives like Southeast Polk.
Many of the programs give kids the apparel to take home, but when there isn’t enough items to go around or if a child loses the items many schools have a closet filled with winter clothing to borrow so that every child can play outside.