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July 31, 2014, 7:30 am

Bright Hope outfits Harrison students for winter

The students of William H. Harrison Elementary School are now sporting new winter coats.

On Monday morning, the students eagerly filed into the school’s auditorium, where they were presented with the coats by the Bright Hope Baptist Church’s Trustee Auxiliary.

The children beamed as they tried on their new outerwear, ranging in color from light green, pin and purple for the girls to blue, green and orange for the boys.

Bright Hope’s Trustee Auxiliary has been donating coats to Harrison students for the last five years. The church adopted the school under the leadership of its pastor emeritus, the Rev. William H. Gray. This year  marked the first time, though, the Trustee Auxiliary provided enough coats for all of Harrison’s students.

 “This year we’re giving every child a coat,” said Auxiliary President Betty C. Drayton-Johnson.

For Harrison principal Stefan Feaster-Eberhardt, the donation was timely, because some of the school’s students did not have coats.

“I’m just excited that all my children will have coats this year. They’re ready for the winter,” said Feaster-Eberhardt.

“It gives the children a chance to see that somebody cares about them - and through the giving perhaps one day they will give back. I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of the church.”

Located at 1012 W.Thompson St., Harrison has 160 students in grades K-8.

Conicelli Autoplex in Conshocken donated the coats. Bright Hope Deacon Garfield Jackson says Conicelli has donated almost 1,000 coats to charitable agencies throughout the area.

“They’re a family-oriented business and this is just one of the many things they do for the community,” Jackson said.