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Dinolfo Continues "Coats for Kids" to Provide Warm Coats for Students this Winter

Dinolfo Continues

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo was joined by Caterina Leone-Mannino, Principal of Enrico Fermi School No. 17, to provide winter coats to School 17 students through Monroe County’s “Coats for Kids” program. Since its launch in 2014, “Coats for Kids” has provided over 500 winter coats to local schoolchildren in need.

“Every year we are reminded that too many children in our community would otherwise go without the coats they need to stay warm through the cold winter months,” said Dinolfo. “Providing a warm winter coat is a simple but important way we can help more students get to class, stay in school, and remain on a path towards graduation and a rewarding career. I thank the Rochester City School District, Sears, and all of our Coats for Kids partners for helping to give the gift of warmth to local students again this year.”

Children who receive coats as part of the “Coats for Kids” initiative were recommended by various community organizations who partner with the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau. Many of these children have been identified as refugees, runaway and homeless youth, those in foster care, and those who reside in identified areas of need. The Coats for Kids program is now in its fourth year.

“We are grateful to Monroe County for their generous contributions of winter gear for our children at School 17. These winter coats not only warm their bodies but, symbolically, they demonstrate our collaborative efforts to support our families with the wrap around services needed to ensure their success. This year, we are particularly thankful for the attention to our newly arrived families from Puerto Rico who have been impacted by the hurricane; as we know how important it is to bundle up for their first Rochester winter!” said Caterina Leone-Mannino.

Coats distributed to students through “Coats for Kids” are made possible in part by a partnership with Sears, who provides them at a reduced price. So far this winter season, 50 coats have already been donated to children in our community.

For more information on Dinolfo’s “Coats for Kids” initiative, please contact the Monroe County Youth Bureau at 753-6455.