Milwaukee firefighters kicked off this year’s “Warm Up Winter” distribution of new winter coats for students with a stop Monday, November 9, 2015 at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Forest Home Avenue Elementary School. Students at 12 MPS schools will receive the new coats this year. Firefighters have been raising money throughout the year to support the “Warm Up Winter” campaign. In June, Milwaukee-area residents helped raise nearly $115,000 for the effort through donations collected by firefighters at intersections in the area. Over the past four years, Milwaukee firefighters will have donated 16,000 new coats to 36 Milwaukee-area schools.
MPS schools receiving coats this year include: Browning Elementary School, Bruce Elementary School, Elm Creative Arts School, Engleburg Elementary School, Forest Home Avenue Elementary School, La Escuela Fratney, Hawthorne Elementary School, Hayes Bilingual School, Gwen T. Jackson Early Childhood and Elementary School, Byron Kilbourn Elementary School, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School and Rogers Street Academy. Milwaukee Board of School Directors member and retired firefighter Mark Sain, MPS Regional Superintendent Dr. Jesse Rodriguez, MPS Director of School Support Miguel Sanchez and Forest Home Principal Lisette Rodriguez-Reed were joined at the school by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Fire Department Assistant Chief Gerard Washington, and Dave Seager of the Milwaukee Professional Fire Fighters’ Association.