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JPS PROMISE Fund Donates 415 Rain Ponchos

The Jamestown Schools PROMISE Fund is donating 415 rain ponchos to all Jamestown Schools. The rain ponchos will be given out by each school to protect children in rainy weather. However, the rain ponchos are just the beginning. The PROMISE Fund is kicking off their Winter Clothing Drive on Friday, October 4th at the Jamestown High School Homecoming Football Game next to the main entrance gates near the concession pavilion from 6 p.m. to kickoff. The Fund is asking the community to bring gently used or new winter wear including coats, boots, hats, gloves and scarfs to be given to Jamestown children.

“The objective of our fall drive is to encourage school attendance by providing individual outerwear that will allow students to deal with Jamestown’s autumn, winter, and spring seasons”, said John Zabrodsky, Jamestown Promise Fund Advisory Board Chair. “The kickoff for the drive is providing about 400 rain ponchos so that students can travel to school in a safe and dry manner. We hope the community will continue its generosity by donating the needed items.”

In addition to the kick-off event at JHS Homecoming, the community can drop-off gently used or new winter wear at every Jamestown school in the designated bins through November 4th. As well winter clothing donations, tax-deductible monetary donations will also be accepted and recognized at the kick-off. Checks can be made payable to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for the JPS PROMISE Fund. Any questions on monetary or physical donations can be directed to Chad Bongiovanni, JPS Director of Student Support Services at 483-4387 or email at chad.a.bongiovanni@jpsny.org.

“We are very excited that the Jamestown PROMISE Fund chose to help our children by providing rain ponchos and through their Winter Clothing Drive,” said Mr. Bongiovanni. “JPS has a great need in our schools for winter clothing, especially winter coats and boots. We also had 1,600 students who were chronically absent last year with a significant increase in absences during the winter months. Not having the proper outerwear in inclement weather is just one reason why children won’t make the walk to school, but an important one. We are very happy that the PROMISE Fund recognizes this need in our district and is helping by providing rain ponchos and the proper winter wear for our children.”

JPS PROMISE Fund was founded in 2016 as a charitable, non-endowment fund via the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Its mission is to expand the financial capacity of JPS through private, tax-deductible fund-raising activities. The purpose is to enhance the educational programs, projects, and opportunities for the JPS District. The Jamestown Schools PROMISE Fund has already helped create and fund a summer literacy program in Jamestown and held musical instrument and athletic equipment drives.