COE student groups collect goods for local schoolchildren

The UF Alliance partnered with the COE’s Education College Council and UF’s student chapter of the Florida Education Association this week to fill two vans with donated clothing, shoes, school supplies and personal hygiene items for children in need. COE faculty and staff also donated enough cash to give each school a $170 gift certificate to Payless Shoes.

From left, UF Alliance students Alilissa Ford, Apiffany Ricks and Shekinah Nelson display some of the donated goods for local children in need.

The goods, collected in a collegewide drive, were delivered Tuesday to students at Rawlings and Metcalfe Elementary schools. Alliance students sorted and helped to deliver the goods. (The UF Alliance is a partnership between UF and six Florida high schools that aims to improve educational opportunities for students in high-poverty urban schools.)

(Staff photo by COE communications intern Jessica Bradley.)