In October 2001, an anonymous donor asked the Springfield Public Schools Foundation if there were students in the SPS District that needed coats, and had no means of purchasing them. The Foundation surveyed the 53 schools and identified approximately 250 students who would need coats for the rapidly approaching winter weather. The donor authorized the Foundation to find a method that would allow these students to obtain a coat with dignity.

Working with Wal-mart, the Foundation set up a simple system that would allow the school nurses at each of the school sites to issue vouchers that could be redeemed for a coat at either of the Wal-mart Supercenters.

In the 17 years that this program has been in existence, thousands of dollars worth of coats have been given to Springfield students who would not have had a coat otherwise.


Oct. 10, 2017

Masons Give to Keep SPS Students Warm Again This Winter

Brrrr! Chilly temps are here and our SPS students need coats to keep them warm. Thanks to the very generous, $4,400 donation from the Queen City Free Runners & Gate of the Temple Masonic Lodge #422 to the Foundation’s Coats for Kids program, hundreds of SPS students will have new coats. They raised the money through their annual Rock n’ Ride event, held the first weekend of August.The group has supported Coats for Kids since 2014, and has given a total of more than $10,000 to fund the program!  Pictured are: Monta Wiggin, Tim Ritter, Natalie Murdock FSPS, Jeff Avery, Rodger Poole