Shannon Philpott-Sanders

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A second-grader’s mission to warm Madison

Published in the 12/20/10 issue of the Suburban Journals

A second-grader’s mission to warm Madison
‘I kept seeing a lot of kids without coats,’ says girl

When Z’Sanique Sanders, 7, told her principal she had an idea to warm up her classmates this winter, she meant business.

The second-grader at Harris Accelerated Elementary School in Madison was serious about opening up her heart to the community, Principal Terrien Fennoy said.

“She came to me in September and said ‘I have an idea’ and then she kept stopping by my office each week to remind me. She was persistent and genuinely concerned as the weather got colder,” Fennoy said.

Sanders’ idea evolved from a wish to help her classmates into a community-wide winter coat drive called “From Our Hearts to Yours.” Continue reading


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