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Sixty-Seven Coats Collected in Coat Drive

Poplin Elementary students are thinking of others locally. How? With the recent cold temperatures, fourth grade students in Kim Peck’s class thought if they had coats they could no longer wear they could exchange the coats with other students and Poplin families.

So last week fourth grade students asked the whole school to go through closets and send in gently used winter coats they are no longer wearing.

During the week coats of all sizes from infant to adult were collected. Students then sorted the coats by size and made the coats available in the Media Center after school. Flyers about the Coat Drive were sent home with every Poplin student. Families were invited to visit and select from any of the available coats at no cost.

The next day after families visited and had a chance to shop, teachers made sure any students who did not have a coat got a chance to shop for one. Even after this there were still a few coats left.

Kim Peck, who organized the coat drive, said, “Living in a southern state where it is warm most of the year, winter coats aren't needed as much as in other places. This year we have already had some cold days, and some of our students came to school in the warmest jacket they had. I remembered a colleague at a school in Georgia who did a yearly coat drive for just this reason. It worked really well there. Students were able to get coats for those cold days of winter. I thought it could work here as well. It's always nice to give to food pantries and fund raise for worthy causes, but it's even more special to give back to our Poplin Family.” Peck hopes the coat drive will become an annual event at Poplin.

If anyone in the Poplin area is without a coat and would like to come and shop for free, stop by the Media Center between Friday, Feb. 12 and Friday, Feb. 20. The coats are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Written by: Beth Medlin, Media Coordinator
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 by Beth Medlin

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