Students find fun way to collect Steve's Coats for Kids

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The Beta Honors Club at Weddington Middle School found a creative way to motivate other students to donate coats to Steve's Coats for Kids.

However, the bottom line comes down to giving back.

"Little things can make a huge difference in someone’s life,” said teacher Casey Forbes.

The student-officers organized a school-wide coat collection on behalf of Steve’s Coats for Kids. The school is offering a very motivating incentive to the students -- the opportunity to wear jeans for a day.

It is out of the ordinary for the school to make exceptions to the dress code.

“We have a strict uniform dress code here. If a student donates a coat, they can wear jeans on a particular day,” Forbes said.

WSOC-TV’s Steve’s Coats for Kids collects coats for local children who live in need, and the coats are distributed by Crisis Assistance Ministry.

“A lot of our students are blessed. We stress community service to the students and helping those that are less fortunate," Forbes said. "We are hoping that they will want to continue to help people as they get older.”

The school’s collection will run from Jan. 4 through Jan. 11. The student-officers will be spearheading the fundraiser as a part of their winter community service project.

“We go to a school with so many people that are very fortunate. I think we need to give back to our community and be thankful for what we have,” Beta Club student-officer Miia Harris said.

“We are trying to get the students more responsible for their environments. Any community service we do, we try and keep it local.” Forbes said.

Forbes hopes that the student-officers’ kind actions will motivate rising eighth-graders to become more involved in the Beta Club and its community outreach efforts.

Click here to find how you can help at www.StevesCoatsForKids.com

Click here for a map of Steve's Coats for Kids Donation Locations.

If you have an inspiring story and you or your group is collecting coats for Steve's Coats for Kids, please contact WSOC-TV Community Affairs Manager Kevin Campbell at kevin.campbell@wsoctv.com

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