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Optum Idaho’s ‘Give Cold Feet the Boot’ Campaign Returns, Giving Every Child at Grangeville Elementary a New Pair of Winter Boots and Socks

GRANGEVILLE – Optum Idaho’s ‘Give Cold Feet the Boot’ campaign is back for its fourth year! In partnership with D&B Supply, North 40 Outfitters, and CAL Ranch, Optum Idaho is providing students at 10 Idaho elementary schools, selected by the Idaho State Department of Education, with a FREE pair of warm boots and socks ahead of the holidays.


Unfortunately, thousands of Idaho students step out the door each morning with the wrong-sized shoes, worn shoes, and in some cases, no shoes at all. A lack of adequate clothing can threaten a student’s learning environment, negatively impacting a student’s physical/mental health and placing a strain on our dedicated teachers, administration, counselors, and staff.

“Optum’s ‘Give Cold Feet the Boot’ efforts allows for a community partnership to help ensure we are working together on addressing basic needs for some of our most vulnerable Idahoans – children,” said Optum Idaho Executive Director Georganne Benjamin. “By assisting parents or guardians by providing an essential need, like warm boots and socks in the winter, families can focus on other needs and better assist their students with learning priorities. ‘Give Cold Feet the Boot’ is one step toward a better learning environment and, hopefully, the long-term success of Idaho students.”

Volunteers will help distribute boots and socks at Grangeville Elementary on Nov. 7, 10 a.m. PT.

• Grangeville Elementary
o Nov. 7, 10 a.m. PT

• Southside Elementary (Cocolalla)
o Nov. 8, 10 a.m. PT

• Park Intermediate (Weiser)
o Nov. 9, 9 a.m. MT

• Pioneer Elementary (Weiser)
o Nov. 9, 1 p.m. MT

• Culdesac School
o Nov. 10, 9 a.m. PT
o Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade

• Parker-Egin Elementary
o Nov. 14, 10 a.m. MT

• Arco Elementary
o Nov. 16, 10 a.m. MT

• Howe Elementary
o Nov. 16, 10 a.m. MT
o Distributed at Arco Elementary

• Hagerman Elementary
o Nov. 17, 10 a.m. MT

• Hawthorne Elementary
o Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m. MT


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