As the air turns colder, many students are bundling up for the school bus – donning gloves, hats, and coats to brave the pre-winter chill. Unfortunately, not all Gahanna students have the means to stay warm. That is where Gahanna Coat Connection comes in.
The program, started in 2016 by former Gahanna Lincoln high schooler Hallie Moehring, has grown and is now organized by the Extended Support Services (ESS) class. When donations are received, the special needs students go through the items looking for imperfections. They then wash the items, take photos and upload the images to the Gahanna Coat Connection Facebook account. The coats are categorized by size and gender. When a request is received, the ESS student finds the coat, places it into a bag, labels it and helps deliver it to the school.