One boy, a second-grader, always wants to see Jackie Hernandez every morning at Ferguson Elementary School, she said.
Hernandez, a Penn State York student completing an internship at the York school, said the boy wears the same dirty jacket year-round.
She had that boy in mind as she worked on a project to help cover needs at the school, a requirement for her program.
Kids need their basic needs -- shelter, clothing -- fulfilled, said Hernandez, a human development and family studies major. So, she decided to gather donations of coats and uniforms for students at the school, where her work included counseling and psychology.
"Besides all of these needs this place had, because of the budget cutting, this is one of the most important things," she said.
During an assembly Thursday, she presented the clothing to the K-8 school, where officials will distribute them.
Mindy Sweitzer, assistant principal, told students that Hernandez "has done a lot for our school since she started with us."
In just about a month, Hernandez gathered 125 shirts, 50 coats and 25 pairs of pants. She spread the word through of her drive through the media and Facebook, gathered donations on campus and sought them from Old Navy. More donations are also expected in the coming weeks.
Hernandez will graduate in December and look for a job in social services. She'd love to continue working at the school, she said. She used to be a preschool teacher, and she sees herself in some way working to help kids and others.
"This is my passion," she said.
She told the students she wants to see them when they graduate from high school and see that they are good citizens.
"I hope that you never forget me," she said.