CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign and Urbana schools currently have several ongoing programs that support their students, others in need and teachers.
The Champaign Schools Family Information Center is again collecting coats, hats and gloves for its annual Warm-A-Kid Program. The collection drive is in its 15th year and is funded completely by the community.
You can drop your donations by the Champaign school district's Family Information Center, 1103 N. Neil St., C. All donations are tax deductible. The most common coat sizes needed for boys and girls are sizes 8 through 16. For more information, call the center at 217-351-3701.
Some Champaign and Urbana are also having a friendly competition this year to see who can collect the most pajamas, to be distributed at Salt and Light and to foster families through Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 6.
You can drop off your donation of new pajamas at Leal Elementary, 312 W. Oregon St., U; Urbana Middle School, 1201 S. Vine St., U; Robeson Elementary,2501 Southmoor Dr, C; and Edison Middle School, 306 W Green St, C.
In addition, Scholastic will donate one book to Salt and Light for every pair of donated pajamas.
Horace Mann local agent Dan Ditchfield is calling on the Champaign community and beyond to thank a teacher during American Education Week, which is this week, by donating to DonorsChoose.org project.
Ditchfield said some Champaign teachers' projects are getting ready to expire without being fully funded. Teachers at Stratton, Carrie Busey and Kenwood elementaries, Edison and Jefferson middle schools and Central High school have posted projects requesting notebook computers, iPads, sign language flash cards and more. Projects need between $160 and $400 to be fully funded, but you can donate as little as $1.