MEDWAY — Medway High School Principal Dr. John Murray is pleased to share that Medway High School earned first place and the grand prize in the Anton’s Cleaners 25th annual Coats for Kids School Rewards Program.
The drive, which began in October and concluded earlier this month, collected 437 coats to be donated through Anton’s Cleaners Coats for Kids Distribution Partners network.
The drive was organized and run by Medway’s National Honor Society (NHS) and NHS senior Olivia Dennehy. Under Dennehy’s guidance, NHS collected coats from numerous organizations and businesses including Medway High School, Medway Lions Club, Medway Dance Authority and other community partners.
“It’s great to see Olivia and our National Honor Society take part in such a worthy cause,” said NHS adviser Andrew Nassiff. “Thanks to their partnership with Coats for Kids and Anton’s Cleaners, NHS was able to give back to the community and help supply those in need with a winter coat. This coat drive is a great reminder to all that a winter coat isn’t a luxury, but a necessity.”
Medway earned two prizes for finishing first among participating high schools and first overall out of 120 participating schools. Medway received $1,000 toward sports programs or after-school programs and 100 IMAX movie tickets to Jordan’s Furniture in Framingham for winning first place among high schools. The school also received the $2,500 grand prize to go toward sport-programs or after-school programs for placing first out of all 120 schools.
“I love doing the Coats for Kids drive because every year the Medway community comes together to help warm local families,” said Dennehy. “The best thing about the drive is that it also warms the hearts of the community members because they know they were able to help New England families stay warm during the winter.”
About Anton’s Cleaners Coats for Kids Program:
The mission of Coats for Kids is simple, “Anyone who needs a coat will have one.” Each fall, Anton’s collects, cleans, and distributes over 60,000 coats for children and adults. There are more than 250 schools as well as over 300 companies, clubs, organizations and thousands of individuals who donate good quality coats. Nearly 90 social service agencies make sure the coats get to those in need, free of charge. Since the program’s conception in 1995, we have collected and distributed nearly 800,000 coats.