Meriden Public Schools

More than 1,000 Coats Donated to Meriden Students

Thanks to what has become an annual donation by the Dalio Foundation, over one thousand children in the city’s public schools received brand new winter coats on Thursday.

The foundation delivered approximately 1,100 coats, all brand new and size appropriate, to students from kindergarten through 12th grade for the fourth straight year. The foundation, known for its work with schools, has provided more than $1.32 billion in funding to support philanthropy since it was established in 2003, according to its website.

“The Dalio Foundation has been a terrific partner with Meriden Public Schools year after year,” School Superintendent Mark Benigni said. “They always find ways to support our students, and the coat drive is a way to make sure the children are warm.”

The coats were delivered to Meriden Family-School Liaison David Salafia, who worked with a team of five employees to sort and deliver the coats to the schools.

“It’s a perfect partnership,” Salafia said. “It’s a perfect time of year for the coats, and we’re so grateful for the foundation’s support.”

The foundation has also supported Connecticut’s RISE Network, a program designed to help students in Meriden and throughout the state achieve their full potential, graduate on time and ensure collegiate success.

“They’re really focused on leveling the playing field for the students,” Benigni said. “We could not be more proud of our partnership with the Dalio Foundation.”

By Ryan Chichester, Record-Journal staff