Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive, recently joined Principal Caterina Leone-Mannino in distributing winter coats to students at Enrico Fermi School No. 17 through Monroe County’s Coats for Kids program.
Coats for Kids has provided over 500 winter coats to local students in need since its launch in 2014.
“Every year we are reminded that too many children in our community would otherwise go without the coats they need to stay warm through the cold winter months,” Dinolfo said. “Providing a warm winter coat is a simple but important way we can help more students get to class, stay in school and remain on a path toward graduation and a rewarding career. I thank Rochester City School District, Sears and all of our Coats for Kids partners for helping to give the gift of warmth to local students again this year.”
Children who receive coats through the Coats for Kids initiative are recommended by various community organizations that partner with Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau. Many children are identified as refugees, runaway and homeless youth; those in foster care; and those who reside in identified areas of need. The program is now in its fourth year.
“We are grateful to Monroe County for their generous contributions of winter gear for our children at School 17,” Leone-Mannino said. “These winter coats not only warm their bodies, but, symbolically, they demonstrate our collaborative efforts to support our families with the wrap-around services needed to ensure their success. This year, we are particularly thankful for the attention to our newly arrived families from Puerto Rico who have been impacted by the hurricane, as we know how important it is to bundle up for their first Rochester winter.”
Coats distributed through Coats for Kids are made possible by a partnership with Sears, who provides them at a reduced price. Fifty children have received coats this winter season, to date.