Each year, the Knights of Columbus Council 11780 coordinates the Coats for Kids program through Communities in Schools of Kent (CISK). They have provided warm winter gear for students for over ten years in Kent School District (KSD).
Fundraisers for the coats were supported by the parishioners from Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church. Communities In Schools of Kent identifies the school and works with the Knights to distribute the coats. Over 1,300 coats and 1,300 hats were gifted to KSD students during this program by CISK and Knights of Columbus volunteers.
The needs of the students at Springbrook Elementary School are significant, with over 71% qualifying for the free/reduced lunch program. Times are tough for many families, and the school’s diverse population includes many refugee and immigrant families moving here over the last few years. After hearing the needs and struggles of families and with staff beginning to request warm jackets for their students, Gina Chau and Marisa Carpenter from CISK reached out to the community to provide or donate warm coats, hats, and scarves before winter.
Thank you to the Knights of Columbus and Communities in Schools of Kent for providing warm winter gear for students at Springbrook Elementary!