New, Warm Coats Distributed to Families this Winter
December 18, 2020
Over 300 students throughout the Parma City School District are staying warm this winter in brand-new winter coats!
Thanks to the CARES Act funding through the State of Ohio, the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio provided $28,755 to the PCSD to purchase essential items for families.
“We originally thought about purchasing personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent and other supplies like that for families, but we felt like the bigger need was for coats,” explained Mikael Price, Administrative Specialist for Community and Family Connections.
With permission from the ESC, Parma Schools purchased coats, hats and gloves along with cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and hand soap for families throughout the district in need.
“I worked with the home liaisons and counselors at each building to help gather sizes and favorite colors so we could get a special coat for the students,” he shared. “We didn’t want all the students receiving these coats to have the same color and same style. We did the best we could to give them a new coat they would be excited to wear.”
Coats from Lands End and Amazon in a multitude of colors were piled up ready to be delivered to families in early December just in time for the winter months ahead. It was important to make sure coats were brand new, especially to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.
“The aspect of being able to make sure kids in our district who might not have a winter coat, now get a warm winter coat is amazing,” Price expressed. “It’s important for us, as a district, to eliminate any barriers our students and families may have. Schools are a safe place, and we can help connect our families to the resources that they may need.”
“I have seen a bigger need this year,” he added. “There are a lot of families who have reached out who have lost their jobs or are going through some hardships. I think this is really going to help them out, and I love doing this. I’m all for making the community better.”