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Scott County Regional Authority Helps Keep Local Kids Warm

May 13, 2009

There are very few things that make an immediate and positive impact on a child’s life. Warm winter coats support the physical, social and emotional needs of students. A winter coat not only keeps the child warm, but helps keep the child healthy, in school, and allows the child to play outside with other students. This past winter, the Dr. David E. Lane Coats for Kids Program gave that gift to more than 1,850 children who would have had no protection from our cold Midwest winter.

The Coats for Kids Program saw in increase of 22% from the 2007-2008 winter season and was able to accommodate all requests for coats. This was made possible by a $15,000.00 grant from the Scott County Regional Authority (SCRA). This grant was used to purchase 477 coats, over 450 hats and gloves/mittens, and was used to clean 1200 gently used coats donated to the program.

 The Coats for Kids Program Advisory Board includes volunteers from participating schools, businesses and the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency. Coats are collected, cleaned, sized and then packaged for distribution to individual schools. The program has provided more than 12,000 coats during the past six winters.

 We would like to thank the SCRA for it’s generosity in helping to keep area kids warm, healthy and in school. For more information about Coats for Kids contact Pat Kirkland at 563-344-6403.

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