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November 22, 2019
Greetings, awesome SCS family.

On December 3, Shelby County Schools will host its fifth annual Operation Warm Hearts campaign as part of the 901 community’s  #GivingTuesday  campaign. I'm asking for your help as we work together to collect new coats and winter gear for our students.
Winter weather impacts attendance every year because so many students do not have the appropriate clothing to keep warm on their way to and from school each day. Every minute in the classroom counts, and we believe that students shouldn’t miss school due to factors beyond their control. Thankfully, Operation Warm Hearts has helped provide thousands of coats and winter clothing items over the past four years to the students who need them most.

As we celebrate five wonderful years of this tradition to support our students, I am issuing a challenge to all SCS employees. Help us collect 15,000 coats for the students in our schools! I understand that goal sounds lofty, but I believe it is attainable. If every employee in our District donates just one coat, we can meet that goal.

Our awesome Family & Community Engagement team is working with many of our community partners to help make this our most successful collection ever. I encourage you to do the same by reaching out to your own partners, adopters, friends and family. It's the season of giving, and what better way to make an impact in the 901 community than by supporting students!

You can bring individual donations to the Operation Warm Hearts giving event on December 3 at the BOE, or you can hold collections in your schools and departments and deliver everything at once.

In addition to coats, we are also collecting other winter clothing accessories, including gloves, hats, scarves, ear muffs, etc. Monetary contributions are accepted as well by sending a CashApp donation to “$SupportSCS” for "Warm Hearts."

On behalf of our students, we appreciate your consideration of this important campaign and continued support of Shelby County Schools.

For more information, including printable flyers to share with your, visit the Operation Warm Hearts website.


Dr. Joris M. Ray,