District’s Coat Distribution Benefits Community

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For the second year, the Wilkinsburg School District participated in the North Hills Community Outreach Organization’s community coat drive, distriibuting over 180 coats to adults and children. Velma Parker, Attendance Officer and Homeless Liaison, spearheaded the district’s efforts, receiving over 200 new to gently used winter coats from NHCO. With the support of District staff and School Board President Karen Payne, Parker hosted a coat distribution event on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Administration Building.

Prior to the event, Ms. Parker identified homeless youth within the district who were most in need of winter coats. Additionally, teen mothers within the District received winter coats for their children, which had been donated to the Project Elect program based at the High School.

Wilkinsburg Head Start Program and the Wilkinsburg Community Church also took part in the coat drive. “As a district, we are always striving to be a strong institutional citizen of the community,” said Ms. Parker. “The coat drive gave us an opportunity to provide comfort and warmth to members of our community, and we look forward to continuing these efforts year after year.

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