Lake Murray Elementary students collect 200 coats for Lexington County charity

Courtney Counts poses with coat bin. Photo provided.

Students at Lake Murray Elementary School decided to end 2018 with a giving spirit by collecting more than 200 coats for other children in need.

Fifth-grader Courtney E. Counts led the school’s “Give a Coat, Warm a Kid” coat drive, inspiring her fellow Mariners to bring in winter weather items. Counts is the 2018 Young Miss West Columbia pageant winner, and led the coat drive as part of her community service.  She created posters to place around the school and participated in announcements on the school’s Lake Murray Live news show.  Counts encouraged students in all grade levels to donate to the cause.

Students collectively brought in 207 coats from the first of December through the last day of the school year, Dec. 21.

Counts and her mother transported the items and presented them to Mission Lexington, a non-profit assisting Lexington County individuals and families with life essentials.

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