Each August, about 25,000 Springfield Public Schools students show up for school ready to learn. Because many of these students don’t have the resources to purchase their own supplies, teachers often use their own funds to supplement the paper, pencils, glue and other items needed.
This year, a new community-wide initiative called Ready. Set. Supply! will collect donations of specific school supplies so that SPS students and teachers can start the year off right on Aug. 15.
Several faith-based organizations contacted SPS seeking to develop a more streamlined approach to collecting school supplies. “They were among the first to step forward and offer to help,” explained Marty Moore, executive director of learning support and partnerships. “Working together, we developed a focused plan that would meet the specific need and support those who have the greatest need.”
“Churches, church groups, and other faith groups now have a well thought out plan to come alongside SPS teachers and students with a meaningful way to help with back to school,” said Rev. Mark Struckhoff, executive director of Council of Churches of the Ozarks. “I’m so grateful for SPS leadership that is organizing efforts with Ready. Set. Supply!”
To find out more about the list tailored to the school you would like to support, contact Lisa Searles at 523-0315 or firstname.lastname@example.org.