Blan­ket drive keep­ing stu­dents warm this win­ter

♦ Donors can drop off blan­kets at Sher­win Wil­liams through Fri­day.

Rome News-Tribune - - EDITORIALS & OPINION -

Stu­dents at Elm Street Ele­men­tary School will be toasty this hol­i­day sea­son thanks to Sher­win Wil­liams at 420 Shorter Ave.

The busi­ness has hosted a blan­ket drive and do­nated what they’ve cur­rently col­lected to the school and will take dona­tions un­til Fri­day.

Hunt Quin­li­van, Sher­win Wil­liams store man­ager, and his wife Dana Quin­li­van, a sec­ond-grade teacher at Elm Street Ele­men­tary, were try­ing to come up with ways they could give back to their com­mu­nity when they stum­bled upon the idea of a blan­ket drive.

“My wife Dana and I were talk­ing one night about ways we could help the stu­dents at Elm Street, es­pe­cially be­fore the hol­i­day break,” Hunt said. “She men­tioned do­nat­ing blan­kets to stu­dents, so we slept on the idea for a few nights. After a few days of brain­storm­ing we came up with the idea of host­ing a blan­ket drive here at Sher­win Wil­liams where the com­mu­nity could also get in­volved.”

Hunt, along with the help of his As­sis­tant Man­ager Shon­tae John­son, set up a do­na­tion cor­ner in their store where cus­tomers and other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity could come in and drop off their blan­ket dona­tions.

“At school, we are so fo­cused on in­struc­tion and mak­ing sure the stu­dents are get­ting what they need aca­dem­i­cally. But to be able to do some­thing like this and treat them as not just a stu­dent but a whole per­son by be­ing able to pro­vide for their ba­sic needs, it dras­ti­cally im­pacts their learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Dana.

To con­trib­ute to the cause, stop by Sher­win Wil­liams and drop off new blan­kets or make a mon­e­tary do­na­tion.

/ Rome City Schools

Sher­win Wil­liams Man­ager Hunt Quin­li­van and As­sis­tant Man­ager Shon­tae John­son count blan­kets they have re­ceived as part of a blan­ket drive for Elm Street Ele­men­tary stu­dents.

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