(KMOV.com) – A push is on to help St. Louis Public School Students (SLPS) who do not have a winter coat.
The district said many students who walk to school or wait for the bus do not attend school on extremely cold days because they do not have a winter coat. Some parents told News 4 that some students walk to school in winter wearing a coat meant for another season.
“We had to take turns getting into the car to stay warm, even with big coats on,” said parent Lawanda Long. “Some kids come and they have windbreakers on. Some just have the little zip-up hoodie jackets on.”
Long said a winter coat for her children is a luxury.
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) sponsors the Back to School Store, a summer event that equips more than 1200 children with school supplies and donated clothing such as winter coats.
“It’s just very heartbreaking to realize if a family has two, three, four children, if there’s only one coat, then they take turns, and then the children are not attending on a regular basis,” said Dairen Arnstein with NCJW. “There’s profound poverty in these school neighborhoods.”
The district does have a year round community closet, where items such as coats are donated and provided to students. Parents of students in need can call 314-346-5750 for more information.
If you would like to donate a coat for a child, please visit www.ncjwstl.org or call 314-993-5181.