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$200 means a lot — especially if you are a middle or high school student. 

Translation: That's a lot of clothes. 

This spring Care to Learn started The Secret Hero Project, a creative way to help teens (who need a little extra clothing and shoe love).

With the help of Springfield Public Schools Staff student nominations, Care to Learn gave 150 students $100 in gift cards to both Shoe Carnival and TJ Maxx/Marshalls.

“It was heartwarming to see their expressions change from downtrodden to delight, with many expressing that they had not expected such a gesture at all.”

- Nominator from Central High School

For these students, $200 means so much.

It means a boost in confidence.

It means clothing and shoes they can call their very own; items sized just for them, no one else.

It means dignity.

But most of all, it means that someone sees them, notices, and cares.

“It communicates to our students that they are seen, appreciated, and valued members of our instilled a sense of pride and belonging in each of them.”

- Nominator from Central High School

Thank you to all the SPS nominators who participated in the 2024 CTL Secret Hero Project. We appreciate all you do to help students every day.

For more information about the CTL Secret Hero Project, contact Melissa Rea at

You Can Be A Secret Hero

Care to Learn makes an immediate impact on the health, hunger, and hygiene needs of students every day and you can, too. Your support helps ensure that more kids have the opportunity to focus on learning. These everyday acts can make a lifelong difference.

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