Coats for kids rivalry

Kennedy takes on Washington in football and help for donations


Dr. Grant is ready to wear Kennedy green and gold on Tuesday.

Madeline Jamrok, Web Managing Editor

UPDATE: Dr. Grant is currently dressed in Kennedy cougar green and gold.

The coat drive was a success and Kennedy alone raised over 650 coats. Combined with Washington, we collected nearly 1200 coats for those in need this winter. “The Coats for Kids people are thrilled and I am very impressed with the outcome,” Kline said. Thanks to everyone who donated!


It started between friends. Now it’s a race to see who will sport the rival school’s colors.

“I am pretty excited to see another principal in our clothing,” Kennedy Principal Jason Kline said.

Kennedy will play Washington High School for a football victory this Friday. Both schools will be collecting coats for the KCRG Coats for Kids campaign and people are asked to donate a new or used coat in any size.

If Kennedy receives more coats than Washington, than Washington Principal Carlos Grant has to wear Cougar apparel down the halls of his school on Tuesday. If Washington brings more coats, Kline has to wear Warrior nation attire.

The game starts at 7:30 at Kingston Stadium. Student government members will be sitting outside of the ticket gate taking coats and coats are allowed anytime during the game.

“Washington is one of our biggest rivals and it is always a big deal defeating them,” Kline said.

This Coats for Kids campaign is national, but KCRG sponsors it for Cedar Rapids. All of the coats collected will be provided for people in the area who are unable to afford their own coats.

“I came up with this (rivalry) idea one day and decided Kennedy and Wash should join together since we get larger crowds at football games,” Kline said.

The goal is to get as many coats as possible.

“I believe this will get kids involved and help them to donate to our community,” Kline said.