MANHATTAN — A private pre-school in the West Village is on a mission this holiday season to "teach kids to give."
Perry School founder Dawn Lesley Stewart launched a new program called Teach Kids to Give to celebrate the school's 15th anniversary, she said.
"Teach Kids to Give helps families teach children how to give back at a very young age," Stewart said.
The children who attend the school have been bringing in colorful winter coats in kids' sizes, and hanging them on a wooden Christmas tree. Stewart said they have received more than 150 coats so far, and are still welcoming more donations at the school.
"The children are involved in the entire process of bringing the coats and creating personalized holiday wish cards to be put inside all the coat pockets," Stewart said. "They also are helping to hang on the coats on the tree to make this unique piece of art."
The school is still accepting donations at 155 Bank St. They plan to donate the coats on Christmas Day to New York Cares and a network of homeless shelters called Women in Need, led by former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.