Help Care to Learn reach our goal of $3,000!
The first $1,500 donated will be matched by our friends at Bryan Properties!
To provide immediate funding to meet emergent needs in the areas of health, hunger, and hygiene so every student can be successful in school.
All students have the confidence, self-worth, and resources to maximize their learning potential and become self-sufficient citizens.
The Care to Learn Model:
Care to Learn is based on partnership with school districts and their communities.
Care to Learn empowers school districts and their communities to:
IDENTIFY students with unmet emergent needs and supplement current services.
DEVELOP a sustainable fundraising strategy creating a flexible fund.
RESPOND immediately while protecting student confidentiality.
Students with unmet health, hunger, and hygiene needs are identified by school district faculty and staff. Anyone from a school bus driver to a principal can report a student need to their school district’s Chapter Liaison to request support through their Care to Learn Chapter.
This model allows each Care to Learn Chapter to meet the unique needs of local students in their partner school district. As a flexible fund, student needs can be met quickly and confidentially to ensure unmet health, hunger, and hygiene needs do not stand in the way of student success.
Of the over 900,000 students who attend Missouri public schools, 1 in 5 live in poverty.
Health, hunger, and hygiene issues are barriers to school attendance and affect a student’s ability to learn. Missouri has the 7th highest food insecurity rate with 441,329 students qualifying for federal free or reduced lunch rates. Under-resourced students are four times more likely to miss school, further increasing their achievement gap. By the end of fifth-grade, low-income students may be 2 1/2 years behind academically. The health impact on students is medical, dental, and mental health concerns causing developmental delays. The hunger impact on students is inactivity, lethargy, reduction in play and exploration, impaired acquisition of communication, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. The hygiene impact on students is ridicule, embarrassment, bullying, and lower self-worth.
The Mobile Clothing Closet was inspired by the Community Foundation the Ozarks’ 2017 Collective Impact Grant initiative that challenged Care to Learn to leverage the available strengths and resources of our collaborative partners to have an impact on the consistent emergent clothing needs of Springfield Public School (SPS) students who live in poverty. The Mobile Clothing Closet started during the 2017-2018 school year as a pilot program serving the 15 highest poverty schools in SPS. Based on data collected throughout the year, Care to Learn has decided the 2018-2019 school year will include an expansion of the Mobile Clothing Closet into 3 more high-need schools. These schools – Bingham Elementary, Jeffries Elementary, and Watkins Elementary – were selected to receive Mobile Clothing Closets based on the high number of Care to Learn clothing vouchers issued in recent years, enrollment, and the free and reduced lunch rates for each of the schools. Expanding to these schools will make Closets available to 1,235 additional students, 843 of whom qualify for free and reduced lunch.