New winter coats go to 7,000 MPS students

December 6, 2018

In between fighting fires and saving lives, the local heroes of the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) somehow found time to raise funds, go shopping, organize, and deliver 7,000 new winter jackets to students in Milwaukee Public Schools. An assembly was held at Nathaniel Hawthorne School to distribute jackets as well as thank and recognize members of the MFD. Students were excited to mingle with firefighters and Sparky, the MFD mascot.

After taking part in a safety presentation by the firefighters, students had the chance to try on and select their new coats. Students were all smiles as they headed back to class zipped into their new winter gear.

Being in school every day is critical for students to achieve success; but in some parts of the city, attendance dips along with the temperatures. Most MPS students walk to school or ride a bus, requiring them to be outside for periods of time. Warm winter gear ensures that students are safe in the cold weather and can come to school every day.

Since the MFD’s winter coat program began, students at 71 schools have received new jackets. This year, a total of 21 schools received new winter outerwear for students.

From our students, families, staff, and the entire district, thank you, Milwaukee Fire Department!