Coats for Kids

The Worcester Public Schools Coats for Kids Program provides new winter outerwear to children in need throughout the district which includes 48 schools, the Worcester Head Start Program, the Worcester Family Partnership Program and several area homeless shelters.

Almost 3,000 winter jackets, hats and mittens are distributed to infants through high school students annually. In addition, winter outerwear is provided to the Parent Information Center for families arriving from other countries, registering in our schools.

Our mission is to foster comfort and confidence in our students in order to increase attendance and participation in school.

Interested in joining our efforts and would like to help?

  • Shop for new winter outer wear and deliver your tax-deductible* purchase to DAB, Rm 008
  • Become a Coats for Kids Shopper.
  • Make a monetary donation (The WEDF maintains 501c(3) non-profit status. All donations made to WEDF are tax deductible as allowed by the IRS.)

Make check payable to WEDF and mail to:

Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc.
Attn: 2016 WPS Coats for Kids Program
210 Park Avenue, Suite 224, Worcester, MA 01609

  • Donate a gift certificate, themed-basket or item to our fundraising event raffle table
  • Attend our Fundraiser & Social Event:

For additional information, Contact Liz Vecchio, office - 508-799-3479 / cell - 508-753-1288 or via email at

WPS Coats for Kids Committee

Maureen Binienda
Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Susan O’Neil
Deputy Superintendent of Schools

Elizabeth Vecchio
Program Coordinator

Ivonne Perez
Principal, Chandler Magnet School

Luke Robert
Principal, May Street School

Michele Wilson
Principal, Midland Street School

Michael Lyons
Worcester Public Schools Teacher

Deanna Paladino
Administrative Assistant

John Trainor
Adult Education

Frances Arena

Louise Clarke

Judith Niddrie
Worcester Public Schools Retired Teacher

Christine Scully
Worcester Public Schools Retired Teacher