Operation Warm Up!

The Milton Rotary Club recently donated funds to both the Milton and Warrior Run School Districts in conjunction with Rotary District 7370’s “Operation Warm Up,” a project to provide warm winter clothing to families in need. The project was launched by District Governor Connie Wydra.

Check Presentation at Milton Schools

Vicky Romei Harpster (left) presents Joy Reaser, certified school nurse at Milton Area School District, a $150 check from the Milton Rotary Club as part of Rotary District 7370’s recent Operation Warm Up.

Officials at both school districts expressed thanks for the donation. “We appreciate the ongoing community support for our Milton Caring Fund,” said Elizabeth Anderson, fund coordinator and a guidance counselor at Baugher Elementary School. She added, “The fund will be 10 years old next year, and we need the help from local groups to assist our students grades K-12.”

Check Presentation at Warrior Run Schools

Vicky Romei Harpster (left), presents Warrior Run school nurse Lisa Keiser (middle) and WR High School Principal Patti Cross (right), a $150 check from the Milton Rotary Club as part of Rotary District 7370’s recent Operation Warm Up.

Warrior Run High School Principal Patti Cross, a member of Milton Rotary, echoed Anderson. “With difficult economic times, it says a lot about our community that people recognize the needs of our families. A donation like this shows the thoughtfulness of the community. It’s like a family helping one another.” Donations at Warrior Run are administered through WR KIDS (Kids in Difficult Situations).

Joy Reaser and Lisa Keiser, nurses at Milton and Warrior Run respectively, see the needs daily. Said Reaser, “We have kids who come to school in freezing weather without socks or coats. These funds will help us meet specific needs.” Keiser noted, “There are families in desperate need. We appreciate Rotary’s help and the help we get from all community groups.”

Making the check presentation at both school districts was Milton Rotarian, Vicky Romei Harpster, a retired Milton elementary teacher. “My heart is still with children,” Harpster explained. “I think of how many students I saw on playgrounds in cold weather without coats, gloves, or hats. I’m glad as a Rotary member to be able to direct some of our fundraising to the children of our community.” Harpster also gave the schools Operation Warm Up gift tags to be presented to families.