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Tyrone Elementary students to help those in need through WALY-Warmth program

Tyrone Area Elementary students are gearing up to participate in WALY-Warmth, a program that provides winter clothing for Blair County children in need.
Sponsored by WALY 103.9, Giant Eagle of Altoona and Roaring Spring, Del Grosso Foods and Bon Secours Holy Family Hospital, WALY-Warmth has helped hundreds of children benefit over the years.
KC O’Day at WALY 103.9 is the organizer of the program, which is in its fourteenth year of operation.
Children are screened for eligibility by Blair Human Services, and each December, volunteers take these children on a shopping trip for new clothes. Each child receives $150 to buy necessary winter clothing that they might not normally have.
This is the first year the Tyrone Area Elementary School is participating in WALY-Warmth.
According to Mike Blaska, volunteer for WALY-Warmth and General Mills employee, each student in the elementary school can bring in one penny a day to be collected for WALY-Warmth, which will start November 3 and end at the end of November.
Blaska has worked with General Mills to be able to provide each student in Tyrone Elementary School with a prize for participating in the program.
Also, the class who raises the most money will receive a pizza party with special guests WALY Walrus and the Pillsbury Doughboy on December 4.
All the items for the pizza party have been donated by Giant Eagle of Altoona, Pepsi, Leeper and Deros, General Mills and others sponsors.
Also to help with WALY Warmth, the teachers of the Tyrone School District have scheduled a dress down day on November 14. All money raised during this day will go towards the program as well.
“WALY-Warmth has grown immensely. It has been terrific,” said Blaska. “The first year I started, we took 35 children shopping. Last year we took 175.”
Blaska also said the program is relevant to the Tyrone area since last year six children from Tyrone benefited from the WALY-Warmth program.