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You Shop, Amazon Gives

Click here to add KidSmart to your Amazon account today: 

Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase back to St. Lous area children in need of school supplies.  

Share with your friends and Amazon will donate an extra $3 for each of them that makes a purchase between now and Sunday 11/29. 

Happy Shopping!!


Posted by Mandi Lipari on November 24, 2015 | comments (0) | Permalink

The Free Store is Opening!

Attention Teachers!  We will be closed on October 10th, October 27th, and October 31st for shopping.  Normal shopping hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm with last teacher check in at 5:30 and regular Saturdays from 8:00am to 2:00pm with last teacher check in at 1:30.

Posted by Mandi Lipari on September 18, 2015 | comments (0) | Permalink

Push for Pencils Pancake Breakfast

After a brief hiatus, the KidSmart Push for Pencils Annual Pancake Breakfast is back for the second year in a row! Friends and sponsors of KidSmart sweated it out with us in our warehouse for a wonderful breakfast filled with sausage and bacon cooked by our incredible board members, and coffee and pancakes thanks to Starbucks and Chris Cakes!

We had an amazing time with our corporate sponsors from all around St. Louis, from Monsanto to Midwest BankCentre! Our guests were surprised with a pop quiz to test their knowledge of KidSmart, the Push for Pencils Drive, and the overall issue of poverty and the education gap in Missouri. They were given an insufficient amount of pencils and tests, or unusable pencils, forcing them to share writing materials and finish their tests on paper towels. All this served to portray (on a small-scale) what KidSmart kids deal with everyday – an eagerness to learn, but lack the materials to do so.

After the quiz, our guests heard from Marilyn Rufkahr, an elementary school teacher in the Ferguson-Florissant district. She delivered an emotional testimony, speaking to the importance of KidSmart – how teachers no longer have to decide between groceries and school supplies for their students, and how having pencils and paper in her classroom builds her students’ self-esteem tremendously. We also heard from representatives from Monsanto and Purina, who talked about their own corporations’ Push for Pencils drives and why the mission is important to them.

Many, many thanks again to Starbucks, Chris Cakes, and the National Charity League for making our Pancake Breakfast so successful! Keep up the good work everyone, and have an amazing drive!

Posted by Mandi Lipari on July 17, 2015 | comments (0) | Permalink

Joe Buck Bluffers Sponsored by Amini’s

Joe Buck Bluffers
Sponsored by Amini’s

(April 22, 2015 - May 8, 2015)

Help Joe stump our teams by submitting trick questions for our teams to answer at the World Premiere Back to School with Joe Buck Celebrity Squares Event. The wittier the better. If you question is selected to be used in the game, you wil be entered to win! 

How to Enter: (3 easy steps)

1.     Like KidSmart’s Page

2.     Share the Joe Buck Bluffer’s posting

3.     Comment with a question and a “faux” answer and the correct answer. Be sure to include #joebucksquares



Question: On Sundays, in Columbus Ohio, it is illegal to sell what?

Bluffer: Alcohol

Correct Answer: Cornflakes


You can share and comment as many questions as you wish. You will be entered to win for every witty question selected to be used in the game show.


What you can win:

If your question is witty enough to be used during the game show on May 14, 2015 you will be entered to win one of the following:

1.    Grand Prize: Arcade Classics game from Amini’s

Some things just get better with time. Nothing compares to the arcade originals. With 60 classic games, relive the glory days of the arcade in your own home. Gather around with friends and family to experience the look, feel, and souns you can only get with the real thing.


Titles include:

  • Pacman, Ms. Pacman, Super Pacman, Jr. Pacman, Pacman Plus, Ms. Pacman (2), Jr. Pacman (2), and Pacman Plus(2)
  • Galaga, Galaga (2), Galaga (3)
  • Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Donkey Kong (3)
  • 1942, 1943, 1943 Kai, Amidar, Arkanoid, Bomb Jack, Burger Time, Centipede, Congo Bongo, Crush Roller, Dig Dug, Dig Dug (2), Frogger, Galazian, Gun Smoke, Gyruss, Hustler, Jumping Jack, Juno First, King and Balloon, Lady Bug, Mappy, Millipede, Moon Cresta, Mr. Do, Mr. Do’s Castle, New Rally X, Pengo, Phoenix, Pinball Action, Pleiads, Pooyan, Qix, Scramble, Shao-Lins Road, Space Invaders, Space Panic, Super Breakout, Super Cobra, Tank Battalian, The End, Time Pilot, Xevious, Van-Van Car, and Zaxxon


2.    2 tickets to the Back to School with Joe Buck Celebrity Square’s Event on May 14, 2015

Joe Buck’s annual signature event Back to School with Joe Buck is a sell out, star studded event benefitting KidSmart. The evening includes a Red Carpet Entrance, Dinner D’lites prepared live by top local executive chefs, live entertainment by Ralph Butler and the Ralph Butler Band, luxury auction packages, a paddle raise, an old-fashioned game show based off of Hollywood Squares featuring local celebrities such as: Heidi Glaus, Jared Cook, Cory Harkey, Kevin Demoff, Julie Buck Brooks, Ralph Butler, etc. and an after party. You won’t want to miss it…


3.    2 Cardinal tickets

Voucher can be redeemed for two (2) tickets to a Monday-Thursday home game during the 2015 season, excluding Opening Day, May 4th-7th, May 25th, and September 7th-9th.


Contest ends Friday, May 8, 2015.

Winners will be announced Saturday, May 9, 2015. 

Posted by Mandi Lipari on April 22, 2015 | comments (0) | Permalink

New Show and New Venue: Jet Linx Hangar at Lambert International

KidSmart is excited to announce the 11th Annual Back to School with Joe Buck Celebrity Event will be held on May 14, 2015 at Jet Linx St. Louis at Lambert International Airport.

In 1999, Jet Linx set out to build a private jet company that guarantees the highest standard of service to their clients.   From the minute you begin scheduling your trip, to the moment your return home, all your needs will be met by the professional staff at Jet Linx.  Their commitment to a local base of operation is a declaration of Jet Linx’ commitment to superior customer service.  New to the St. Louis area, Jet Linx provides a local private terminal, client service teams, planes and pilots to better serve the individual needs of their customers. 

Jet Linx is very generous to donate their Jet Hangar at Lambert International as this year’s venue. This signature event raises $250,000 allowing KidSmart to open the doors every August to tens of thousands of St. Louis area children needing school supplies, such as paper, pencils, markers, glue, crayons, etc.



For more information about Joe Buck Celebrity Squares visiti the website or reach out to Mandi Lipari () (314) 291-6211.

Posted by Mandi Lipari on April 21, 2015 | comments (0) | Permalink

Buck goes Back to School for local children

A Ferguson student recently wrote, “I wanted to thank you for this donation because if you would not have donated anything, then right now I would have been probably sharing.” Tens of thousands of St. Louis area children feel this appreciation after receiving supplies from KidSmart.

The Annual Back to School with Joe Buck Celebrity Event, aside from being a spectacular night for those in attendance, raises funds that allow KidSmart to open its doors in August and supply more than 90,000 St. Louis area students with back to school supplies. 

Each May national sportcaster, Joe Buck hosts his Back to School with Joe Buck Celebrity Event. The night includes a Red Carpet Entrance and Pre-Show, local executive chefs from top restaurants cooking live, local entertainment, a live auction with 10 luxury packages, a paddle raise, and an old fashioned game show. This year’s game is based off of Hollywood Squares. Local celebrity partners include: KSDK’s Heidi Glaus, as center square, Ram’s tight end Jared Cook, Julie Buck Brooks, Rams COO Kevin Demoff, etc. Team sponsors include Emerson, Paragon, American Family, Crown Vision Center, St. Louis Rams, Nestle-Purina, CMG Financial, and Monsanto.  Each team battles to advance to the next round by successfully getting a tic tac toe with our celebrity partners.

The Celebrity Event is the largest fundraiser benefitting KidSmart, raising $250,000 and enabling KidSmart to distribute $1 million in free school supplies at back to school time.  KidSmart’s mission is to empower local students to succeed in school by having the basic tools for learning. Simple tools such as paper, pencils, markers, glue, and crayons… items every child needs to be successful. 

The donations collected for the Joe Buck Celebrity Event go directly back to the St. Louis area students. KidSmart is proud to say that 95% of our annual revenue directly benefits local children in need.

To learn more about this year’s event or KidSmart contact Mandi at or visit us online at

Posted by Mandi Lipari on April 14, 2015 | comments (0) | Permalink

Drop off Day

Thank you so much to all of the organizations that have already dropped off the supplies they collected during our Push for Pencils Supply Drive!

We are estimating this is going to be our best turn out yet!  We will have the final count on all the supplies donated soon and we will be sure to post that information here. 

KidSmart wants to give a special Thank You to all the organizations that participated in our drop off day.

Here are a few pictures of the day.


AT&T:  Bessie and Reynee

Rawlings:  Kim

Lumeris Essence:  Artie and Todd

Lipton:  Mandi

Vi Jon Labs:  Brandy and Carol

Community American Credit Union:  Bonnie


Thank you to:

Ameren Missouri

Air Products and Chemicals

Alpha Packaging

American Association of Orthodontists

Ashcroft Group


Barnes Jewish Hospital –Food and Nutrition


Brown Shoe Company

Bunge North America

City of Richmond Heights

Clifton Larson Allen

Collision Express

Commerce Bank

Community American Credit Union

Curves (Creve Coeur-Olivette)

Enterprise Holdings (Commercial Truck Division)

Essence Healthcare Lumeris

Halls Ferry Christian Church

The Hartford Commercial Markets


Lipton Group


McClure Engineering Associates

Missouri Housing Development

Rawlings Sporting Goods

SSM Healthcare

Sunrise O’Fallon

St. Johns Bank and Trust Company

Vi Jon Labs

Wellbridge Athletic Club & Spa

Which Wich

Posted by Developer on September 12, 2014 | comments (0) | Permalink

September Teacher Newsletter: School is now in Session


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September 2014 Teacher Newsletter

School is now in session

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Welcome back to school...Hopefully the year has gotten off to a great start!

Back to School doorbusters each week in September ...items will vary each week from added line items, extra books, box of notebooks and’ll just have to come in and shop to find out!

Call For Kids...Virtual Backpack Challenge is Saturday September 27th from 8am to 11am… get 10 friends to buy a virtual backpack or donate $10 to help equip kids with the tools for success  - the first 25 teachers to sign up will receive a backpack with supplies.  This will also count as a volunteer shift so VTS teachers may shop once they have succesfully completed the challenge.  Prizes and snacks will also be available. Check our website this week for more details and to sign up

As Nelly would sing ”It’s getting hot in here..." Due to the excessive heat we experienced last week we had to close the KidSmart Free Store for shopping and volunteering. We hope that temperatures begin to cool so that we may reopen for shopping this week.  Please check our website for updates on shopping hours.

Perfect Attendance Shoppers...KidSmart is open for shopping 11 months out of the year; to maintain Perfect Attendance status you must shop at the KidSmart Free Store 10 of those 11 months (this means you can miss one month).  Anyone (eligible enrolled and VTS teachers) can become a Perfect Attendance Shopper.

Remind your principals to send us the updated rosters, on school letterhead, listing eligible teachers and their class assignments. Check the website to see if we have recieved your roster.

Orientation dates for September are Wedesday September 10th and Thursday September 25th at 4:30pm; please email  to sign up.

KidSmart Free Store hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3-6pm (last check in is 5:30)         Saturday 8am-2pm (last check in is 1:30)                                                 ***Please check our website for updates on hours 

To sign up to volunteer: go to our website click on the “Teacher Tab” and look on right side of page for directions on how to sign up.

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Posted by KidSmart on September 03, 2014 | comments (0) | Permalink

Last Chance for a Strike!

Join Rams tight end, Jared Cook’s Team, and Push for Pencils!  Give a virtual backpack to equip a local child in need with free school supplies.

Posted by Developer on August 28, 2014 | comments (0) | Permalink

Join us at the Back to School Celebration

Posted by Developer on August 25, 2014 | comments (0) | Permalink

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