Over 200 elementary school students in Rockwall have brand new coats and some happy memories this winter, thanks to a partnership between The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club and Old Navy of Rockwall.

On Saturday, November 10th, students and families of Rockwall ISD were invited to the Old Navy store in Rockwall. There, with the help of Rotarians and Old Navy employees, they picked out a brand new coat matching their size, favorite color and personality. Old Navy offered face painting and passed out balloons, donuts and drinks for the families, while Chiloso Mexican Bistro provided breakfast tacos for the volunteers, making the event a fun-filled morning for everyone.

The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club began its Coats for Kids project 8 years ago by providing coats to students at Dobbs Elementary. The program has expanded each year and now serves 9 different elementary schools. This was the first year that the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club partnered with Old Navy to host a distribution event at the store. "Our club members look forward to this event every year. When the opportunity arose to partner with Old Navy to provide the children with a true shopping experience we jumped at it," said Rockwall Breakfast Rotary club president Juan Tomasino.

Nothing is more rewarding than knowing that you have given a gift. It is even more rewarding when it's something they really need. “On behalf of Rockwall ISD, we greatly appreciate the support to our students given by Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club and Old Navy. You made lots of children and parents smile today!” said Dr. Debbie Smothermon, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services. Additional support was provided by the Rockwall Preschool Association and the Rockwall Rotary Club.

To find out how you can help with next year's event, please contact Juan Tomasino at 214-226-7792.