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Friday, September 12, 2008

Community Organizing in Action - School Supply Drive for KidSmart (St. Louis)

The new school year has begun and the public education issues in St. Louis and throughout our nation are major issues that need to be addressed. Last week, my friends and I hosted a School Supply Drive.

We collected over $400 worth of much needed school supplies for needy St. Louis area classrooms for KidSmart. This organization allows teachers from needy public schools to shop for school and class room supplies for free. Needy is defined as a school that has 70% or more of its students receiving free lunch. So this means there are quite a few inner-city/urban schools that greatly benefit from this organization and contributors' philanthropy.

I'm no community organizer in the most romantic sense, but I beleive in doing what I can to help others. And I am especially interested in giving under-resourced urban children every leg-up possible. Plus, I dedicated to Service to All Mankind. Assisting those whose life is dedicated to service - e.g. teachers makes me feel good. Did you know most teachers spend $400 or more of their own money to purchase school and classroom supplies? They are neither reimbursed by their school districts nor receive tax credits beyond a $250 cap. And the poorer the school or district, the more the teacher tends to spend.

I encourage those of you who care about education and equalizing life's opportunities for all people to find a way to help others. Volunteer your time or use your talents to benefit a worthy cause to help others.

I challenge other Bloggers who work with young people to host a Community Event to benefit youth and education issues in your areas. Please let me know about it.



David Patton said...

Wow, Danielle. That is very noble what you are doing. Resources for inner-city schools are much needed as teachers often have to provide students with basic supplies. You ARE a community organizer and that is great.

DNLee said...

Thanks Dave. How kind. I know you do a whole lot of service, too.

Shirey said...

Thank you SO much for your contribution to KidSmart!! Thank you also for helping to spread the word about education issues and needs in St. Louis. I joined KidSmart this past June, and it's amazing to me how many local kids cannot afford basic school supplies. (Over 80,000) As you can imagine each and every donation makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your donation, your heart, and your passion.

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