Warming Up the Holiday Season 

Wells Fargo presents thousands of CPS students with new winter coats

November 25, 2015

Chicago winters are notorious for their cold and snow, yet many students walk to school without the protection of a winter coat.

“During my days as a principal, I remember seeing students commuting to school on blustery, snowy days with just a hooded sweatshirt on, and that makes it so hard to concentrate on learning,” said Chief Education Officer Dr. Janice K. Jackson, who previously served as principal of two CPS high schools. 

Thanks to an ongoing partnership with Wells Fargo, keeping students warm has become less of an issue. Since 2009, CPS has been the beneficiary of the organization’s “Coats for Kids” drive, which has provided new cold weather jackets to nearly 30,000 students from around the city. This year, just in time for Thanksgiving, Wells Fargo team members handed out new winter coats to every student in 10 CPS elementary schools. 

See the video here. 
“This is a truly collaborative effort, and an event our Wells Fargo team members look forward to every year,” said Kevin Ortmeyer, managing director for Wells Fargo Advisors in Chicago. “At a time of year when families are giving thanks for their blessings, we wanted to make sure children in need have a brand new coat to keep them warm.”

Dr. Jackson expressed the District’s gratitude for this continued support. 

“The generosity of Wells Fargo and their partners helps our students have the necessary gear to brave our cold Chicago winters so they can focus on what’s most important,” she said, “their studies.” 

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