Coats for Kids

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The Worcester Public Schools Coats for Kids Program provides new winter outerwear to children in need throughout the district which includes 48 schools, the Worcester Head Start Program, the Worcester Family Partnership Program and several area homeless shelters.

Over 3,000 winter jackets, hats and mittens are distributed to infants through high school students annually. In addition, winter outerwear is provided to the Parent Information Center for families arriving from other countries, registering in our schools.

Our mission is to foster comfort and confidence in our students in order to increase attendance and participation in school.


Interested in joining our efforts and would like to help?

Shop for new winter outer wear and deliver your tax-deductible* purchase to DAB, Rm 008

Contact Liz Vecchio, office - 508.799.3479 / cell - 508.753.1288 or via email at and become a Coats for Kids ‘Shopper’!

Make a monetary donation (The WEDF maintains 501c(3) non-profit status. All donations made to WEDF are tax deductible as allowed by the IRS.)

Make check payable to WEDF and mail to:

Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc.
Attn: 2016 WPS Coats for Kids Program
210 Park Avenue, Suite 224, Worcester, MA 01609

Donate a gift certificate, themed-basket or item to our fundraising event raffle table

Attend our Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, October 2, for details - watch for our flyer!

Attend our Fundraiser & Social Event - Wednesday, October 19, for details - watch for our flyer!

WPS Coats for Kids Advisory Committee

Maureen Binienda, Superintendent of Schools

Elizabeth Vecchio, Program Coordinator

Frances Arena, WEDF

Louise Clarke, WEDF

Michael Lyons, Worcester Public Schools

Dr. Susan O’Neil, Manager, Instruction & School Leadership

Ivonne Perez, Principal, Chandler Magnet School

Luke Robert, Principal, May St. School

Michele Wilson, Principal, Midland St. School

Chris Reidy, WPS Student, Eagle Scout Project, Troop 9