Duane Bonifer  |   Published November 29, 2016

Students donate coats, winter items to needy children at area school

Area school benefits from Psychology department collection
  • Students in Monmouth College’s psychology department collected 141 winter clothing items for students at Roosevelt Magnet School in Peoria, Ill. From left: Monmouth Psychology Professor Kristin Larson; Abigael Kuzmanich ’19 of DeKalb, Ill.; Iman Abdulrazzak ’18 of Aleppo, Syria; Sophia Slocum ’18 of Marengo, Ill.; Kaitlyn Rule ’19 of Geneseo, Ill.; Anna Ellison ’17 of Brimfield, Ill.; Katelynn Propes ’17 of Pontiac, Ill.; Sarah Fouts ’18 of Ipava, Ill.; and Claire Griffith ’17 of Granville, Ill.
Students in Monmouth College’s psychology department helped area children have a warmer winter.

Over the Thanksgiving break, the students collected 141 winter clothing items. The coats, mittens, gloves, scarves and hats will be given to needy students at Roosevelt Magnet School in Peoria, Ill. The Monmouth students inventoried the clothing items Wednesday afternoon in the College’s Center for Science and Business to prepare them for an early December delivery.

Roosevelt Magnet School, which has 649 students, is the ninth poorest public school in Illinois. A total of 88 percent of the school’s students are classified as “economically disadvantaged” and 2 percent have limited English proficiency.

The winter-item drive was organized and led by Monmouth Psychology Professor Kristin Larson.

“Every time I got to the students for help with a project like this, they rise to the occasion and work to help those who are less fortunate than them,” Larson said.
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