The girls’ brand-new coats were among more
than 600 donated to four City School District of Albany schools (along
with over 3,000 hats, scarves and pairs of gloves).
Schuyler is one
of the four schools to receive coats, and students, staff and community
partners took part in a news conference there announcing the
“We’re so grateful for this amazing show
of generosity from the people and businesses in Albany,” said district
Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams.
Cash for Coats is an initiative of Mayor
Kathy Sheehan, B. Lodge and Co., Burke Companies and the Palace Theatre.
Now in its 11th year, the drive raises money during October and November
that goes toward the purchase new coats and winter gear. This year’s
drive netted more than $15,000 – the most ever raised.
Superintendent Adams, Schuyler Principal
Kendra Chaires-Francis, Mayor Sheehan, Jack and Mark Yonalley of Lodge’s
and Susan Fogarty of the Palace Theatre helped students select and try
on coats and hats.
The lists of schools receiving coats
rotates from year to year; in addition to Schuyler, students at Arbor
Hill Elementary, Sheridan Preparatory Academy and Thomas O’Brien Academy
of Science and Technology (TOAST) will benefit from this year’s drive.
Lodge’s offered a significant discount on
any items purchased for “Cash for Coats,” maximizing the impact of each
cash donation. In addition, the Palace Theatre passed around a hat at
several concerts and events this fall.