Kids & the cold: A lesson in layers

Published 01/24 2014 01:18PM

Updated 01/24 2014 06:27PM

CHAMPAIGN -- It's another day with frigid temperatures. Many schools closed Thursday because of the weather, but Friday most reopened, despite the cold. WCIA-3's Jillian Deam looks at how students and staff tried to stay warm.

Even with hats, gloves coats and the works, students still had to hurry into school to escape the bitter temperatures.

"I'm wearing three layers."

"I'm wearing four layers, my t-shirt, my shirt, my jacket and this coat."

They bundled up for the bus stop. Many moms and dads made sure of that.

"My parents want me to bundle up every single day because they're afraid I'll get frostbite."

For kids who walk to school, on days like this, we see a lot of parents drop kids off right by the crossing guard so they can hurry and get inside.

"We make sure our staff is safe and our kids are safe."

The staff at Bottenfield Elementary helps at the doorway.

"Where's your jacket?"

"We try and get our kids in and out at arrival and dismissal as fast as possible."

Crossing guard, Ann Daly, always comes prepared.

"Three hand warmers, and I've got them in today, so I'm thrilled."

She even brings extra gear for the kids to wear.

"Keep warm. You keep that forever, OK? Have a good day."

"I'm the first face a lot of these kids see before school, so I just want them to have a great day and start it off as happy as possible."

Helping to bring some warmth to another cold day. Bottenfield's principal says the school also helps with extra cold weather gear for students who need it.

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