In Missouri, seasons can change in a snap, but Care to Learn Chapters are ready to go. They’re prepping for colder weather so students have what they need, no matter the time of year.
Here’s what they’re up to:
They’re stocking up on fall & winter clothes. Warm socks, long-sleeved shirts, and sweatpants can make a big difference when temps drop, and our Chapters know it. Many of these items can be stored in a Clothing Closet so that students in need can get them immediately.
They’re hosting drives for winter gear. This means gathering hats, coats, gloves, and even cold-weather footwear so students who spend time outside waiting for the bus or playing at recess can do so safely. Chapters can also share vouchers with students and families if they need them.
They’re connecting with local resources to help students who need gear. Care to Learn partners with 42+ school districts in Missouri. That’s 42+ communities committed to helping students succeed in school! Each of these communities has a variety of resources available during seasonal changes, and our Chapter Liaisons can help bridge this critical gap for students.
They’re prepping for holiday feeding. For food-insecure students, holiday breaks can be daunting. Chapters want to make sure the children who rely on their food programs are covered during longer breaks with additional supplies.
"We’re already ordering more food for longer [3-day] weekends for students as part of our Care to Learn backpack program. Right now we're averaging around 300 bags each week, and that's gone up since last year. Longer breaks involve a different type of planning, as our younger students can only carry home so much. But, we're going to make sure they have what they need."
- Amber Daily, Chapter Liaison, Ozark R-VI School District
They’re scheduling food deliveries or pick-ups, as needed. In some cases, Care to Learn Chapters work with families to offer additional assistance so that food-insecure families can continue to access hunger resources.