Ramsey's building gets makeover during winter break
Ramsey Middle School got a new look over winter break. While students and teachers were away, Facilities staff at Saint Paul Public Schools cleaned the school’s steps and painted them with the school’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Learner Profile, Principal Teresa Vibar said. IB is a framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.

Workers also repaired and painted the hallway walls with two new colors, adding to the school’s color scheme; and removed old and unused furniture in the library. More upgrades are being planned for spring break.

450 coats donated this week to homeless students at SPPS, winter wear still needed
Project REACH has received 450 coat donations this week for homeless students at Saint Paul Public Schools -- nearly reaching a goal of 500 coat donations.

But there's still a need for new boots and winter hats, said Anne McInerney, supervisor of Project REACH. The program also needs new larger coats for high school students.

About 2,000 students in SPPS are homeless this school year, according to Project REACH, a program in SPPS that helps retain homeless students in the school district. Many of those students are in need of winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves and boots.

The Home Depot this week donated 500 gloves for students. Meanwhile, the program received a $1,500 donation and other monetary donations, McInerney said.