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STLCC-Wildwood’s School Supply Drive Supports Kids in Need

July 28, 2016

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From children’s books and stuffed animals, to pencils, markers, crayons and more, St. Louis Community College-Wildwood is collecting school supplies for underprivileged kids in the St. Louis area.

All donations will benefit the nonprofits Ready to Learn and KidSmart.

STLCC alumnus Susan Janik volunteered to spearhead this project because it is a way for the college to support area children in their learning.

“It’s important to provide kids with the right learning tools and educational experiences because when they have what they need for school, they are ready to learn,” she said.

STLCC-Wildwood is collecting books and school supplies in the lobby through Aug. 25. Students, staff and the community are asked to donate the following items:
• Ready to Learn – books for pre-K through 10th grade, new and gently loved stuffed animals, and gallon-sized Ziploc bags
• KidSmart -- pencils, paper, markers, crayons, and glue, plus other school supplies and educational resources

Ready to Learn partners with schools in the St. Louis area to give students the opportunity to own their first book and to encourage a love of reading. The nonprofit also works to pair books with a stuffed animal “buddy” in an effort to get kids interested in books and reading.

KidSmart helps provide school supplies to the St. Louis area kids who need them. Since opening in 2002, KidSmart has supplied more than 100,000 kids in need with $28 million worth of free schools supplies.

For more about STLCC-Wildwood’s book and school supply drive, contact Stephanie Graham.