St. John Neumann Academy students collect coats for rescue mission
St. John Neumann Academy teacher Pat Kesler and her first-grade class decided to do something special for others during the holiday season. During November and early December, they coordinated and promoted a “Happy Coats-giving” coat drive at their school.
The students colored flyers and passed them out to preschool through eighth-grade schoolmates and teachers at their school. They decorated a large collection box and put it in the school’s lobby so parents and volunteers who were coming into school would be reminded of their efforts, too.
Their goal was to collect 100 gently-used adult and children’s coats to donate to the Roanoke Rescue Mission. By Dec. 7, they had collected 101 coats.
Kesler delivered the coats to Roanoke Rescue Mission in time for the colder, winter weather. The Rescue Mission offers comprehensive programs to help people physically, psychologically socially and spiritually.
According to their website, the mission served 355 men, women and children on Tuesday.
–Submitted by St. John Neumann Academy
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