Coweta Charter Academy students gather pajamas, food for needy kids

Coweta Charter Academy students gather pajamas, food for needy kids
Students of the Coweta Charter Academy in Senoia collected pajamas for needy children and thousands of canned goods for families in need. 
 
Beyond the academic endeavors, students at the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia (CCAS) have recently been busy putting the Christmas spirit in action by collecting pajamas for needy children and collecting truckloads of canned goods for families in needs.
Principal Gene Dunn said CCAS students worked to supply canned goods to the local I-58 mission’s food pantry in Senoia.
“CCAS has become the largest provider of canned goods for the food pantry during the holiday season. The last two years, the school has provided over four truckloads of goods totaling more than 4,000 canned products,” Dunn said. “I’m extremely proud of our students and their sense of community service.”
Dunn said that over the last month, Chrissti Widdowson’s fourth grade classes have been participating in the annual Scholastic Reading Club Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive benefiting Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need — especially those living in group homes, shelters, foster care and orphanages.
“Mrs. Widdowson’s classes wanted to be a part of this drive so they could help make a better bedtime for these children,” said Dunn. “Mrs. Widdowson’s classes were able to donate 20 pairs of pajamas to the Scholastic Reading Club Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive.”
Since 2009, caring classrooms across the country have risen to the challenge and donated nearly 400,000 pairs of new pajamas, Dunn said.
Dunn said the Scholastic Reading Club has more than matched those numbers with nearly 700,000 new books donated directly to Pajama Program headquarters, where they are then distributed across the country by the pajama program.