Optum Idaho partners with Dept. of Education to "Give Cold Feet the Boot"

Posted at 5:22 PM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 19:22:52-05

PAYETTE, Idaho — With cold weather on the way, it's time to start thinking about how to keep warm out in the elements.

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For some Treasure Valley children, having a warm pair of winter boots is hard to come by. That's why Optum Idaho is partnering with the Idaho State Department of Education and D&B supply to give each student at Westside Elementary School in Payette a brand new pair of winter boots.

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It's all part of their "Give Cold Feet the Boot" program.

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"Far too many kids come to school without proper footwear, and that does impact their learning, it impacts their overall health, and their mental health as well," said Georganne Benjamin, Executive Director of Optum Idaho.

The elementary school is one of four across Idaho chosen for the event. The other schools are in Jerome, Plummer and Blackfoot.

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Optum Idaho is partnering with 6 On Your Side for our Finding Hope initiative.