BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL — These cars will help local kids stay warm this winter.
The Bountiful Rotary Club’s annual Coats for Kids Car Show, set for June 14-15 in Bountiful, raises money to provide coats and other winter gear for needy elementary school kids throughout south Davis.
“When you hear reports from teachers (about students) who don’t have coats, or don’t have boots, you realize what a great project this really is,” said Bountiful Mayor Joe Johnson, who spoke at last week’s car show kickoff luncheon. “You wouldn’t think we have this problem in Bountiful, where we have so many nice houses. But we do.”
The car show, which is held on Main Street and at Bountiful City Park, includes everything from a car parade to prize drawings and a burnout competition. Admission is free, but every food purchase helps the club raise money for the upcoming year’s coat fund.
“We wanted to do something that would have meaningful impact, and where we knew we could achieve 100 percent of our goal every year,” said Bountiful Rotary member Chris Simonsen.
The money is then turned into Kmart vouchers, which are distributed to every south Davis elementary school. The principals distribute the vouchers to the parents of those children who are without coats, gloves and other winter essentials.
“I always feel guilty when we give out the coat vouchers, because we get a lot of the credit,” said Elizabeth Beck, the principal at Washington Elementary. “They’re all so excited when they come back to school the next day with the coats they picked out. They come show us first thing.”
There’s still time to register for the car show or the burnout competition, both of which can be done online at bountifulcruisin.com. Those interested in donating to the car show or offering their time as volunteers can find information on the same site.
“We want to get the word out to our friends and neighbors,” said Ron Burt, one of the major sponsors of the car show. “We need to make it an even bigger event than it was last year.”