Coats for Kids was the original inspiration for Kyler Pettibone. The fourth grader said his mom, Lindsey Pettibone, a special education teacher at Lakeview, had seen online that Morgan's Ice Cream Parlor was collecting coats for children in need and asked him what he could do to help.
Kyler came up with the idea of asking his fellow schoolmates at Lakeview Elementary to donate change in an effort to raise $500. He immediately asked his friend, fourth grader Nunzio Lloyd to help. The two boys approached Tino Terrones and were given permission to ask for "Coins for Coats" each morning in the announcements. They also approached the Student Council for help.
The boys also received help from Lakeview secretary Stephanie McDonald, who helped keep the effort organized. Kyler's mother and long-term substitute teacher Ronnie Waggoner made a thermometer tracker poster to hang in the hallway of Lakeview so the students could see how much money they were raising towards the $500 goal. If they reached the goal, the PTO would provide an ice cream prize to the students.
The campaign began on Monday, Nov. 18. Each morning the boys would gather the money and count it in Lindsey Pettibone's classroom. They then updated the tracker. They met their goal on Tuesday, Nov. 26, finishing with a total of $772.18 raised.
However they were told the Coats for Kids program doesn't need any more coats this year so the money will be split in half with one half going to Operation Santa and the other half going to The Lord's Cupboard in the near future.