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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

Our mission is to provide immediate funding to meet emergent needs in the areas of health, hunger, and hygiene so every student can be successful 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.

  1. What We Do

News and Updates

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Introducing The Secret Hero Project

March 27 | Andrea Harp

$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.

Learn More

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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.

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Warm for Winter

January 8

"It's mine to keep?" After receiving a winter gift, one student was in shock that it was now hers to call her very own.

Upcoming Events

2024 Care to Learn Luncheon

Apr 23

Republic Chapter

Republic Care to Learn Luncheon

Join us for the Republic Care to Learn Luncheon on April 23, 2024!

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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.

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

Community Supporters

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