Spring Street Academy staff supporting Empowering Beyond Barriers

Darrell Cole
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Help keep a child warm this winter

Spring Street Academy staff have come together to make sure children are warm this winter.

Spring Street Academy teacher Heather Janes-Pedersen and principal Aaron Stubbert present snow pants and jackets to Empowering Beyond Barriers members: (from left) Liz Cooke-Sumbu, Colleen Dowe and Heather Wilkes. Staff at the school provided the winter clothing instead of exchanging gifts.

AMHERST – Staff at Spring Street Academy have found a special way to celebrate Christmas and support their school’s children.

Instead of doing the Secret Santa thing this year, staff opted to bring in children’s snow pants in support of Empowering Beyond Barriers Coats for Cumberland campaign.

“Each year we usually exchange gifts, but this year we decided to do something different and support the Empowering Beyond Barriers program,” teacher Heather Janes-Pedersen said. “We know how important this program is in providing warm clothing to children.”

Both Janes-Pedersen and principal Aaron Stubbert often see children at the school without adequate winter clothing.

Stubbert said this led to a staff member suggesting the teachers support Empowering Beyond Barriers.

“It was a great idea and the teachers brought in 18 pairs of snow pants and two jackets,” Stubbert said.

Colleen Dowe of Empowering Beyond Barriers said children’s snow pants are in big demand. She said this contribution will go a long way toward meeting that demand.

“We have a list of people needing snowpants. We have managed to pare down that list but there are still quite a few on it,” she said.

Dowe said the organization will be meeting in January to determine the best way to distribute the winter clothing that has come in the past few weeks. She believes the best way may be to do it through area schools.

People wishing to contribute to Coats for Cumberland can contact her at 667-3319.

“With the weather the way it’s been since the first of the month, there will certainly be a continued demand throughout the winter for jackets and snow pants. We’re still open to more donations and we’ll make sure they get out to those who need them,” Dowe said.

Besides snow pants, the biggest demand remains for jackets for children up to size 6 as well as larger adult sizes.


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