For the second consecutive year, local firefighters have provided brand-new winter coats for elementary students in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 through a partnership with Operation Warm, a national nonprofit organization. Donations from individuals, groups and local corporations support the project.
Members of the Burnsville Professional Fighters Local 2910 and 4481 presented 360 coats to all students who wanted them in kindergarten through grade 5 at Vista View Elementary School in Burnsville.
THANK YOU Burnsville Firefighters for the coats for our entire school! I’ve never seen anything like this! Amazing! The smiles, the joy! @BurnsvilleMN @VistaViewElem @ISD191 #one91 #communitystrong pic.twitter.com/qgRAEFRX89— Jeff L. Nepsund (@jnepsund_VVelem) October 30, 2018
“We hope students realize there are many people in the community who think they are very special and want to make sure they stay warm all winter long,” said James Glover, a Burnsville Fire Department Captain who helps organize the event.
He thanked donors and also praised school social workers Katie Keller at Rahn and Kelly Freeburg at Vista View for coordinating information to parents, and sizing and setting up for a smooth distribution day.
Last year, firefighters from Burnsville provided nearly 400 new coats to students at Sky Oaks Elementary in Burnsville. They encouraged firefighters in Eagan to join the effort and provide new coats to students this year, said Glover. That happened on Oct. 26 with 150 coats given to students in preschool, kindergarten and first grade at Rahn Elementary School in Eagan.
I can't begin to thank @CityofEagan fire department and their sponsors for providing warm winter coats for all of our Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade. #CommunityStrong @ISD191 @RahnArtsTech pic.twitter.com/WbbVtkGU39— Brad Robb (@BradBrobb) October 26, 2018
At both events, firefighters assisted students in selecting brightly-colored warm coats that fit them just right. Then they helped students write their names in the coats with permanent marker.
“As our Minnesota winter approaches, we greatly appreciate local firefighters providing coats to our students to keep them warm and to show support for their success in school,” said Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. “This is truly what we call Community Strong.”