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Fortis Institute, Pensacola's 'Jeans4Jeans' Drive a Success

THE CAMPUS OF FORTIS INSTITUTE IN PENSACOLA, FLA., CONTINUES ITS OUTREACH AND MAKE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE. Tuesday, November 22, 2011 3:54 PM

 Career schools have a very positive impact on the lives of their students…in more ways than just educating and training them. 

The Admissions Department at Fortis Institute, Pensacola held a “Jeans for Jeans” drive prior to Christmas to collect new and gently-worn jeans for children at the Gulf Coast Kids House. Students, faculty and staff who donated at least one pair were allowed to wear jeans on campus during a special “Jeans Day” to show they had supported the worthy cause. 

Gulf Coast Kids House will use the clothing for youngsters who often arrive for safe-keeping at the facility with little to wear. Officials say the jeans are especially welcome this time of year when they help provide protection during cold weather. 

Campus President Kathaleen Cole says more than 100 pairs of jeans were collected, much to the appreciation and delight of organization officials. 

The Jeans collection was one of many community outreach activities conducted on campus every year, including quarterly food drives to benefit area food banks and the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots Drive, among others. Campus faculty and staff donated approximately 50 new toys to the Marines’ drive this past holiday season.