Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive, recently joined Caterina Leone-Mannino, principal of Enrico Fermi School No. 17, in providing winter coats to students through the Coats for Kids program.
Since its launch, Coats for Kids has provided over 650 winter coats to local school children in need of a warm coat.
“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 the 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 initiative were recommended by various community organizations that partner with the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau. Many of these children are identified as refugees, runaway and homeless youth; those in foster care; and those who reside in identified areas of need. The Coats for Kids program is now in its sixth 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.”
Coats distributed to students through Coats for Kids are made possible in part by a partnership with Sears, which provided them at a reduced price. This winter season, 250 coats will be distributed to children in the community.
Call (585) 753-6455 for information on Coats for Kids.