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Lou Henry Elementary provides winter clothing for students

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – Waterloo Community School District is bringing the Koats 4 Kids program to Lou Henry Elementary.

The program is directed, and overseen by Koats 4 Kids Waterloo. They take the students through each set of clothing and gives them the opportunity to try on each individual item making sure it fits just right.

Coats are not the only item available for the students they are also given hats, gloves and boots. Every student is able to be apart of this program through an application process, “it takes the pressure off parents to worry about winter clothing,” says Lou Henry Lead Teacher Danielle Hakeman.

Danielle Hakeman, Family Support Worker John Barker and Principal Jacob Youngkent all pitched together with Koats 4 Kids to bring the program to Lou Henry.

Lou Henry as of late has been running low on their own winter clothing closet due to the early cold weather. Hakeman says there has been “many donations” to their clothing closet from parents.

However, the clothing from the closet is only borrowed by students. The Koats 4 Kids program allows them to take home their picked out winter clothing for good.

Hakeman says this new clothing helps students be more active during recess. When the winter months settle in they are able to play in the snow compared to being kept on the blacktop.

“It does have an impact on their education, and how they feel about themselves. It’s a great program because it gives our kids confidence to be able to be on a level playing field with all of their peers,” says Hakeman.

There are roughly 80 kids signed up to receive clothing Monday afternoon. Hakeman says they normally see around 50.

This program has been around to other Waterloo schools this year, Lou Henry is next on the list.

Click here if you’d like to contact Koats 4 Kids Waterloo, and learn how to donate.

Vinny Lowerre

Producer & Multimedia Journalist

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