Founding Co-Chairs Ashby Owens and Lauren Wendell are excited and eager to make a difference in the St. Louis community by starting KidSmart’s first young friends board. The very generous support from the Great Expectations Foundation provides the necessary funding to launch the young friends board in 2017.
KidSmart opened the doors to what remains Missouri’s only Free Educational Supply Store 15 years ago. The Free Store equips tens of thousands of St. Louis area kids with items such as: paper, pencils, markers, glue, and crayons… items every child must have to succeed in school.
Each and every child has a hope and dream… they have the desire and ability to achieve those dreams. They simply lack the essential tools critical for success. KidSmart kids are our kids… they are tomorrow’s doctors, teachers, engineers. It is the continued support from the entire St. Louis community who has donated their dollars, time, and school supplies that have truly the real difference in the education and lives of so many local kids.
KidSmart’s Young Friends Board will help the organization expand in 2017 by bringing an awareness of the need in our neighborhoods and getting support from St. Louis young adults looking to make a direct impact on our future generations.
“I’m excited to be a part of KidSmart’s Young Friends Board because I feel there is a need that people rarely see, especially young adults like myself. Being able to help kids with such basic needs is something I really feel will help them succeed in the their future. I think many young adults want to see our youth succeed, but are unaware of how to help.” -Lauren Wendell
The Young Friends Board Members will collect school supplies and help KidSmart deliver the items directly into the classrooms with KidSmart’s On the Go! Truck. Each week The On the Go! Truck deliveries $15,000 in free school supplies to students in high poverty schools.
“I want everyone on the young friends board to feel the excitement a child gets by receiving pencils to use or book to read! Our goal is to raise awareness of how many kids in the St. Louis area cannot afford to buy school supplies to learn. KidSmart is such an incredible organization and I cannot wait to be a part of its growth.” - Ashby Owens.
The partnership with the Great Expectations Foundation and continued support from Steve Carrico of Rent One provides KidSmart’s Young Friends Board with a fun and exciting way to network and make an impact on the St. Louis community.
WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:
- Make a donation at www.kidsmartstl.org/donate or by texting “kids” to 314-207-2448
- Schedule a time to volunteer with your company, friends, or even by yourself
- Host a supply drive in your company, church, etc.
Thank you for your belief in the hopes and dreams of local children throughout the last 15 years! We wanted to share our first video with you to show just how much your continued support means to KidSmart kids.
One pencil...one book...one dollar at a time… the little things really do make a BIG difference!
In January, KidSmart celebrates 15 years!
Donate by December 31! Your gift will be matched and will help KidSmart DOUBLE the impact in 2017!
$15 = Provides pencils for 75 kids (doubled is 150 kids)!
$150 = Provies notebooks for 100 kids (doubled is 200 kids)!
$1500 = Equips all kids in an entire classroom with backpacks filled with school supplies (doubled is 2 classrooms)!
A gift at ANY level makes a very important and real difference in the education and life of a child. You can be the dream maker for thousands of kids living in poverty in St. Louis.
Thank you for your consideration and Happy New Year!
When you shop through Amazon Smile, Amazon donates .5% of your total to your charity. By selecting KidSmart, you will help equip local children with the school supplies they need in the new year.
The Principia Varity Football Team collected school supplies for local children in need and have extended the challenge to other local football teams. KidSmart will announce the team that collected the most supplies in September. Good Luck!
Tens of thousands of St. Louis area kids need you! More than 90,000 local students are living in poverty and attending a high poverty school. For many of these students back to school time is embarrassing, not exciting.
They aren’t going out to pick out the fancy folders or brand new shoes. These students feel like they have failed the school year before it even starts. The students are expectated to come to school prepared and equipped with the supplies provided on a list from their teachers.
Often times the reality for their families is they are daily struggling to provide life essentials such as food and shelter… even the most basic school supplies are too often a “luxury” item.
By donating supplies August 1-31 at one of KidSmart’s community partners, YOU will make an extrordinary difference in the education of a child this school year! Thank you for your support!
Drop off locations include:
- BMO Harris Bank
- LookAfter Hair Company
- Waterway (Started July 18, 2016)