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Coat Drive – GFF

  • Check out the press release for more details on how the event went!
  • Golden Future Foundation is thrilled to partner with Pierce Elementary School for our first annual coat drive! For 3 weeks, the kids of Pierce Elementary are competing with their homerooms to collect new and gently used coats.
  • The homeroom with the most coats will win an intimate experience with Golden Tate! Golden will come in and read them a story, he and his Fiance Elise will encourage them to excel in school, and speak to them about the mission of the Golden Future Foundation and encourage them to give back to their community starting at a young age.
  • Kids coats will be donated to kids living in extreme poverty in inner city Michigan, and adult coats will be donated to Michigan’s homeless Veterans.
  • Check back for updates on how the drive is doing and for videos of Golden and Elise meeting with the winning classroom!

Donations of Kids Coats will go to Foundations Preschool of Washtenaw Country

Foundations Preschool of Washtenaw County (Formerly Perry Nursery School) is a charitable non-profit that has been providing subsidized quality childcare and preschool for over 80 years.  They are the only preschool in their county to focus exclusively on the “at-risk” preschooler and provide an extended day, full week, year-round program so that parents can work and/or attend school.  Support services such as food service 3 times per day, an on-site social worker and speech therapist, parent workshops, and dental/vision screenings are just some of the extras each family receives.  Serving over 180 children and families per year from two locations, Foundations is HighScope accredited, NAEYC accredited, and receives high ratings from the Great Start to Quality assessment from the the State of Michigan. Five of the seven classrooms focus on the needs of 4-year-olds and participate in the  Great Start Readiness Program.

The Michigan Office of Great Start strives to ensure that all children birth to age eight, especially those in highest need, have access to high-quality early learning and development programs and enter kindergarten prepared for success.  The Great Start Readiness Program provides state funding for preschools to provide free, quality early education for children who, because of family circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend.  Evidence shows that Great Start Readiness Program showed significant impact on increasing at-risk preschool children’s early literacy and math skills and that it has reduced the achievement gap in early literacy between higher and lower risk preschool children.

“Foundations Preschool of Washtenaw County prepares at-risk preschool children for future academic and social success while providing their parents opportunities for professional, personal, and parental growth.”