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We sat down with Duane Cox (Principal), Brittany Groves (Counselor), and Madeline Hill (Social Worker) to hear more about how Care to Learn has impacted thei...

Classroom Stories

We sat down with Duane Cox (Principal), Brittany Groves (Counselor), and Madeline Hill (Social Worker) to hear more about how Care to Learn has impacted their day-to-day interactions with students, and what it means to them. Warning, you're going to want to grab a tissue.

Our Mission

To meet children’s emergent health, hunger, and hygiene needs so they can succeed in school.

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Our Impact

Helping Every Child Succeed

In 2008, Care to Learn started as a charity in Springfield, MO, with one goal: To fill the gaps for students in the areas of health, hunger, and hygiene and to help kids living in poverty. What started out as one school partnership has now expanded to 40+ communities and counting.

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News and Updates

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Helping Jack* Join Graduation

May 22 | Andrea Harp

Earlier this year Jack was a high school student in a local Missouri school district without a safe place to sleep. Now, he’s officially a graduate and on to a bigger and brighter future, thanks to the help of a caring school leader named Maggie.*

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Introducing The Secret Hero Project

March 27

$200 means a lot — especially if you are a middle or high school student. That's why Care to Learn wanted to find a special way for Springfield Public Schools staff to give this money to 150 students who needed a little extra boost.

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Shop With A Hero Highlights

February 15

An electric toothbrush. Sparkly pink shoes. Camo pants. A brand new pillow. These are just some of the purchases made on February 3, at Care to Learn’s 9th Annual Shop with a Hero event. Take a peek at some of the other key highlights from one of our favorite days of the year.

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Love in Action

February 7

Deodorant may not seem like much; but to one teen, it was everything. One intentional act of love brought him to tears.

Upcoming Events

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Sep 12

School Soirée 2024: Thursday Night Lights

Game On! We can’t wait for our 3rd Annual Care to Learn School Soirée on September 12, 2024. Will you join us?

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Sep 28

Nixa Chapter

Nixa Chapter Boots & Bling 2024

Join us for the 8th annual Boots & Bling fundraiser will be held on Saturday, September 28th 2024.

Ozark Care to Learn Classic 2024

Sep 30

Ozark Chapter

Ozark Care to Learn Classic

Join us for the Ozark Care to Learn Classic! Lunch at 11:30 AM. Meet on the Green at 12:30 PM. Tee off at 1:00 PM.

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Oct 19

St. Charles Chapter

Care to Learn - St. Charles 7th Gala

Join us for the Care to Learn - St. Charles 7th Gala on Saturday, October 19, 2024!

Featured Partners

We’re able to meet the needs of more students every year because of our generous partners. Our local partners and sponsors support our mission by providing financial or in-kind donations, working with us on specific events, or helping to spread the word about Care to Learn.

We welcome the opportunity to work with you or your company. Contact us today and we will follow up.

Community Partners

  1. Arvest Bank Arvest Bank logo
  2. Bass Pro Shops logo Bass Pro logo
  3. Lacie & Roger Clark Lacie Roger Clark logo
  4. Community Foundation of the Ozarks Community Foundation of the Ozarks logo
  5. CoxHealth CoxHealth logo
  6. DMP DMP logo
  7. Edward Jones Edward Jones logo
  8. Mercy Mercy logo
  9. Pitt Technology Group Pitt Technology Group logo
  10. Reliable Toyota Reliable toyota logo plate
  11. SGC Foodservice SGC Foodservice Logo
  12. SMC Packaging Group SMC Packaging Group logo

Community Supporters

  1. Brokate Janitorial logo Brokate Janitorial logo
  2. Elite Promotions Elite promotions logo
  3. Glenstone Square Glenstone Square logo
  4. Miller Commerce logo Miller Commerce logo
  5. Mostly Serious logo Mostly Serious logo
  6. SRC Holdings Corporation SRC Holdings Corporation logo
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Make A Gift

Show you care by helping students to learn. You can support the Care to Learn mission and help kids all across the state be successful in school.

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