FAIRBORN — Local middle school students will help give the gift of warmth with a fund-raising contest next week.
Beginning Monday, April 7, Baker Middle School will be collecting money to donate to Operation Warmth, whose mission is to provide new coats to children in need. Since they began in 1998, the organization has provided coats to more than 1.4 million children in 41 states.
“Whether it’s winter coats or rain coats, Operation Warm believes everyone deserves to feel warm, healthy and valued,” said BMS math teacher Becky Stone, who organized the fundraiser.
The Fairborn City Schools are part of “No Excuses University,” a network of elementary, middle, and junior high schools across the United States that actively promote a comprehensive model of college readiness to all students the moment they begin elementary school. Through NEU each classroom is sponsored by a college or university.
“This is a really neat organization,” said Stone. “The whole idea is to get kids to realize that they need a skill and to get them thinking about what they want to do when they are out on their own. We want them to have a dream and know they can make anything possible.”
Baker is the only middle school in the state of Ohio to join the NEU program. Operation Warm, which is head-quartered in Texas, is the NEU charity this academic year.
“They buy new coats and put special labels in them with each child’s name so it becomes just theirs,” Stone said. “This is a national fundraiser, but our goal is to make this a community project with our kids to pay it forward. Every nickel, dime and quarter will help.”
The BMS advisory class that collects the most money through Friday, April 11, will be provided with breakfast, delivered in person by Principal Deb Hauberg, the week following spring break.
For more information call the Baker Middle School office at 937-878-4681. Information about Operation Warm can be found at www.operationwarm.org.