'I am brought to tears': To celebrate 100th day of school, Jefferson students donate 200 items to FCC

100th day donations at Jefferson

To celebrate the 100th day of school, Jefferson Elementary students donated 200 items to Winona Family & Children's Center. Jefferson students who donated included, from left to right, front row: Leandro Rosas, Gabby Blaskowski, Yasmin de Anda, Sabella Fernandez-Greene, Kullen Scott, Kellen Rasmussen, Sydni Bates, Oliver Villanueva, Raphael Mihm, Jenna See, Charlie Reska. Second row: Eden Meska, Bryn Kauphusman, William Lohmeyer, Erin Miller, Phillip Kreisel, Ava Stai, Maia Bass. Back row: Jack Reska, Lily Rebarchek, Kassidy Carpenter, Jaylen Jordan, Kalihya Dillon, Kael Sandmeyer,Carter Linders, Emily West, Jonah Scoville.

For the last few years, kindergarten teacher Amber Scott has challenged students at Jefferson Elementary to celebrate the 100th day of school by donating 100 items to various organizations in Winona, such as the Winona Humane Society and Winona Community Warming Center.

This year, Scott challenged the students to bring in donations for the Winona Family & Children’s Center. And boy, did they respond. 

Students at Jefferson went above and beyond the call, donating more than 200 items to the FCC.

Donated items include art supplies, crayons, markers, paints, coloring books, paper and more. They also donated books, stuffed animals, fidgets and play dough. 

“Every year I am brought to tears by the Jefferson community and the things they are willing to do for our community,” Scott said. “I am #WinhawkProud to say I am part of the Jefferson community.”

Scott was drawn to the Family & Children’s Center through her sister-in-law, who works there and shared the need for art supplies and toys. 

“I thought it was a great place to donate because of all the things they do for families here in Winona,” Scott said. 

The mission of the Family & Children’s Center is to serve children, families and individuals with a continuum of services designed to strengthen families and promote individual well-being. Learn more at fcconline.org.

You can learn more about what’s going on in Scott’s kindergarten classroom by following her Facebook page, or discover the great things that are happening in Jefferson Elementary by following the school’s Facebook page.