Upper St Clair High School Student Council collected 959 coats – winning the inaugural Coats For Kids Contest, sponsored by Model Cleaners. For its victory, Student Council earned $1,000, which will be used to purchase a mascot costume to bolster school spirit.
Dan LaCarte, president of Model Cleaners, presented the check to Student Council President Rod Smith, Vice-President Caleb Troughtzmant and the entire Student Council on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Mr. LaCarte thanked the students for making a difference for other children and families who are experiencing tough times.
Upper St. Clair was one of five South Hills area schools/districts competing. Participating schools included Belle Vernon, Charleroi, Peters Township, Seton LaSalle and Upper St Clair.
Coats of all sizes – from children’s through adult – were collected at each school and then cleaned by Model Cleaners before being donated to local Salvation Army offices.
A Model Cleaners representative counted and collected coats from the participating schools weekly throughout the eight-week contest and posted standings weekly on Model’s website. As the school/district with the most coats donated per student, Upper St. Clair High School earned $1,000 and the runner-up, Seton LaSalle, received $500.
Upper St. Clair Student Council is under the direction of Mr. Danny Holzer, student activities director, and Mrs. Brooke Tarcson, student activities assistant.