Gahanna Coat Connection

Posted: 12/23/2018 Categories: District News, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News, HOMEPAGE Headlines

Gahanna Coat Connection Warms Local Families and Hearts

As the air turns colder, many students are bundling up for the school bus – donning gloves,Coat Connection Logo hats, and coats to brave the pre-winter chill. Unfortunately, not all Gahanna students have the means to stay warm. That is where Gahanna Coat Connection comes in.

The program, started in 2016 by former Gahanna Lincoln high schooler Hallie Moehring, has grown and is now organized by the Extended Support Services (ESS) class. When donations are received, the special needs students go through the items looking for imperfections. They then wash the items, take photos and upload the images to the Gahanna Coat Connection Facebook account. The coats are categorized by size and gender. When a request is received, the ESS student finds the coat, places it into a bag, labels it and helps deliver it to the school.

“This is a great program for our students,” said ESS teacher Jill Evans. “It is important that students have a well-rounded life and realize that we need to give back. Our district and community are extremely supportive of our program.”

The group relies heavily on the districts’ teachers and staff who often notice when a child does not have a coat to wear. They gently encourage the child’s family to reach out to Gahanna Coat Connection and browse the selection of items. To date, the ESS students have provided 50 coats to children and families in need around the district and 20 sets of hats and gloves. Currently, they are in desperate need of men’s coats and larger children’s sizes. Specifically:

• Men’s XL, 2XL, 3XL
• Boy’s Large 12/14)
• Girl’s sizes 12/14, 18

People can donate gently used or new items by placing them in the coat box at Gahanna Lincoln High School’s main office, or they can email Jill Evans at evansj@gjps.org.

Those in need are asked to search Gahanna Coat Connection on Facebook and message the group directly. Individuals can also contact a teacher, guidance counselor, administrator or even a bus driver who can help them get the items they need.

“I think that knowing we are able to make a small difference in a child or family’s life is something that will never get old,” said Evans. “We constantly try to find new and innovative ways to give back to our community. Fortunately, with the support of our district and administrators, we have been able to develop a program that can help families for years to come.”

Coat Connection at GLHS


Gahanna Coat Connection

Posted: 12/23/2018 Categories: District News, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News, HOMEPAGE Headlines

Gahanna Coat Connection Warms Local Families and Hearts

As the air turns colder, many students are bundling up for the school bus – donning gloves,Coat Connection Logo hats, and coats to brave the pre-winter chill. Unfortunately, not all Gahanna students have the means to stay warm. That is where Gahanna Coat Connection comes in.

The program, started in 2016 by former Gahanna Lincoln high schooler Hallie Moehring, has grown and is now organized by the Extended Support Services (ESS) class. When donations are received, the special needs students go through the items looking for imperfections. They then wash the items, take photos and upload the images to the Gahanna Coat Connection Facebook account. The coats are categorized by size and gender. When a request is received, the ESS student finds the coat, places it into a bag, labels it and helps deliver it to the school.

“This is a great program for our students,” said ESS teacher Jill Evans. “It is important that students have a well-rounded life and realize that we need to give back. Our district and community are extremely supportive of our program.”

The group relies heavily on the districts’ teachers and staff who often notice when a child does not have a coat to wear. They gently encourage the child’s family to reach out to Gahanna Coat Connection and browse the selection of items. To date, the ESS students have provided 50 coats to children and families in need around the district and 20 sets of hats and gloves. Currently, they are in desperate need of men’s coats and larger children’s sizes. Specifically:

• Men’s XL, 2XL, 3XL
• Boy’s Large 12/14)
• Girl’s sizes 12/14, 18

People can donate gently used or new items by placing them in the coat box at Gahanna Lincoln High School’s main office, or they can email Jill Evans at evansj@gjps.org.

Those in need are asked to search Gahanna Coat Connection on Facebook and message the group directly. Individuals can also contact a teacher, guidance counselor, administrator or even a bus driver who can help them get the items they need.

“I think that knowing we are able to make a small difference in a child or family’s life is something that will never get old,” said Evans. “We constantly try to find new and innovative ways to give back to our community. Fortunately, with the support of our district and administrators, we have been able to develop a program that can help families for years to come.”

Coat Connection at GLHS