Akron assistant principal gives back to students

Akron assistant principal gives back to students
Many of the school's students don't have winter coats to wear. (Source: WOIO)
Many of the school's students don't have winter coats to wear. (Source: WOIO)

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - An Akron City Schools faculty member is doing more than just looking out for his kids' education. He has started a nonprofit to make sure kids have what they need to stay warm and learn.

Vyrone Finney, assistant principal of the East Community Learning Center in Akron, saw something years ago that motivated him to start giving back. It's a practice he continues today to help his community-based school.

Many of the students, ranging from seventh to 12th grade, don't have coats to wear. During recent cold weather, Finney noticed them coming to school wearing just hoodies.

"More than 90 percent of our students get free or reduced lunch. So that means there's a greater need for it," said Finney.

This is not the first time Finney has given back. His nonprofit organization has held back-to-school drives, featured food giveaways around Thanksgiving, and offered gift baskets at Christmas time.

"We also partner with a couple of local churches that gives us baskets for the kids to take home, so they can have food to eat on the weekends," said Finney.

The students in need are identified by counselors and teachers.

Finney learned you can feel good, by doing good.

"A lot of the problems of our kids, is that they have a lot of pride and, just asking for help is a problem," said Finney. "[I'm] just trying to give back to the community in any way I can, to be a role model, to be a light, to be an inspiration to the kids."

Finney says he's very proud of the Akron community for stepping up to help the kids and parents who are in need.

The coats are going to be given away Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. at the Mason Park Community Center at 700 East Exchange St.

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