A Coaler and a Wildcat team up to help students

Aria Jandeska, a fifth grader at Wilmington’s Stevens Intermediate School,  took on a project during the holiday season to raise enough money to clear out the lunch account debt of students at her school, an amount that came to nearly $6,000. 


The idea caught the attention of Coal City resident and Coaler alumna Mary Glagola who,  with the support of Aria and her family, reached out to Coal City area residents via a social media campaign to do the same thing to help students and families in the Coal City School District. 


Mary said the idea quickly took hold and the funds started rolling in. On Tuesday, Feb. 6 Mary and Aria delivered a $7,321 check to Coal City School Superintendent Chris Spencer. A day later, the Board of Education gratefully accepted the funds that will be used to offset negative school lunch account balances. 


The community is full of caring individuals like Mary and Aria and the Coal City School District is thankful for their efforts and the support provided by the community to assist its students.