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Supplies given to students in West Virginia’s poorest county

September 25, 2018

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Public schools in West Virginia’s poorest county will receive clothing and other supplies as part of a project aimed at helping children and their families.

The American Federation of Teachers unveiled one of the Essentials for Kid Care Closets at Mount View High School in Welch on Monday.

The AFT is sponsoring a Care Closet at a cost of about $11,000 for each of McDowell County’s 10 schools. A union release says closets are stocked with a variety of clothing, personal-care items and school supplies.

AFT President Randi Weingarten says children “shouldn’t have to go without a warm coat or blanket during the winter months or hygiene products because they can’t afford them.”

AFT has spearheaded Reconnecting McDowell, a public-private partnership aimed at improving quality of life in the county.

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