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Safety patrols need winter clothes for D.C.

Posted at 5:54 PM, Dec 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-10 17:54:26-05

A Lake Worth elementary school is collecting donations for its safety patrols who are getting ready to go to Washington, D.C.

It will be Trinaya Hutchinson's first trip out of the state.

"This is very exciting to go to Washington, D.C. I get to have fun and learn more things. I get to go to the graveyard where they buried the soldiers," says the 10-year old from Highland Elementary.

There are 45 students in the safety patrol going to D.C. on January 7, 2016 from Highland Elementary.

Only two of their families were able to pay for the trip, which costs about $900, according to safety patrol sponsor Rejina Marrero.

"We set up payment plans.We try to get people to help with scholarships. We set up a GoFundMe. I solicited help from my siblings and teachers at the school," Rejina says.

She's been helping the safety patrols at Highland Elementary get to D.C. for the past eight years.

Along with raising money, she's also collecting donated clothes.

Rejina recalls the trip when she realized the kids didn't have winter clothes to bring on vacation, "I brought a little girl that wore three pairs of pajamas because she didn't have jeans. After that, I decided to do something to get these kids warm clothes before they got there."

The kids are in need of scarves, hats, jeans and any other item needed in cold weather.

There are 17 boys and 28 girls going on the trip, ranging in size from a child's size 8 to adult sizes.

Rejina hopes to have all the clothes by January 5, so she can hand them out to the kids.

"It's a huge experience for all of them to go through and they're not going to get this chance again," she says.

Rejina has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for clothes.

To find out how to donate, you can contact the school at (561)202-0500.

You can also contact Rejina by emailing her, rejina.marrero@palmbeachschools.org.