One hundred ten children have received new coats for the cold days ahead through an effort coordinated for the second year by family and community service students at Cleburne High School.
Dea Griffith and her students worked with the District’s elementary schools in the effort to provide coats for younger peers who might be without. Members of the Alpha Gamma chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of women educators, and James Hardie also contributed coats to the project.
“This just sounded like a lot of fun,” junior Emily Noriega said. She and her family were among the coat contributors. “It sounded a whole lot like the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. I have friends whose families can’t buy coats for their kids. There are needs in our community. Money is short, and tight, for many families, especially those with lots of children.”
“I tried to get my friends to talk this up, and to buy coats—and a couple did.”
Noriega, who is a member of the CHS chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, plans to base her entry in the annual STAR events competition on the Coats for Kids project and her experience as a participant.
“It was great to help get the coats organized, and make sure we had all the sizes that were needed,” she said. “I feel like I’ve been a part of this from start to finish.”
Griffith was pleased with the success of the project and the response from students at CHS.
“We were happy to get the coats to the elementary schools and into the hands of kids who needed them,” she said. “We’ve already had some cold days. More of our students brought coats this year, compared to last year. Every student who committed to buy a coat followed through and that was great. We are also grateful for the high school staff members that helped with the project.”
With one more year of high school ahead, Noriega has already decided she will be among the coat project participants in 2019.
“This is exciting,” she said. “You have people who are depending on this. I would like to do this again next year. We will always need coats for kids.”
Offered through the CHS Career and Technical Education program, family and community services is a lab-based course designed to involve students in realistic and meaningful community-centered activities. Students are provided opportunities to interact and provide services to individuals, families and the community in a voluntary capacity. Emphasis is placed on developing and enhancing organizational and leadership skills and characteristics.
For the second year, family and community service students at Cleburne High School have collected coats for elementary students who are without. Pictured front, l-r, Daniela Villegas, Katelynn Ortiz, Shanda Pruitt, Jelin Benkim, Elin Benkim and back, Emily Noriega, Kelsie Rainville, Jessica Lyons, Carolina Garcia and teacher Dea Griffith.
Senior Kelsie Rainville sorts through coats destined for CISD elementary students in need of cold weather clothing. Cleburne High School students and staff, with some help from the community, donated more than 100 coats to the project, now in its second year.