Care to Learn - St. Charles was established in 2014 as the 16th Care to Learn Chapter. It currently serves students in partnership with the City of St. Charles School District.
In addition to serving the health, hunger, and hygiene needs, the St. Charles Care to Learn Chapter also provides a robust weekend backpack program for students sending out nearly 400 backpacks weekly.
The St. Charles Chapter also partners with several organizations in the community to raise funds for students, including its widely successful gala held every other year to raise funds for students in need.
Care to Learn - St. Charles has a strong partnership with Dentistry for Children, Dr. Pabisz with Midwest Eye Associates, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist, Rob Bittick Construction, and Sams.
Care to Learn - St. Charles
- $317,075.74 = Total Amount Spent to Meet Students’ Needs
- 67,209 = Total Number of Student Needs Met
- $4.72 = Average Cost to Meet A Student’s Need
Ellen is the Chapter Liaison for the Care to Learn - St. Charles Chapter. She also serves as the District Social Worker for the City of St. Charles School District.
As a Liaison for the St. Charles Chapter, Ellen works within the City of St. Charles School District to ensure students’ basic needs are being met and to raise funds to ensure Care to Learn – St. Charles continues its mission.
Ellen is a huge advocate of Care to Learn and sees first hand the impact it can provide.
“Care to Learn holds a variety of different meanings to me. Care to Learn has given our school district a more personal way to connect our students and families to the school staff as well as our community. It has helped us care for our kids on a more intimate level and prove to them that we really do care about their well-being first, before anything else.”
Advisory Council Members
Our Advisory Council Members are key Care to Learn contributors actively supporting the lives of students in their community.
Chris Bennett- SCSD Communications Coordinator
Nicole Besselman- SCSD Special Education Teacher- SCHS
Aubrey Bildner- SCSD, Art Teacher-SCW
Lisa Blaha- MNEA
Bethany Bonetti-SCSD Counselor-HMS
Ellen Heitzig-SCSD Social Worker-SCW, CTL Co-liaison
Rachel Holtgrewe- SCSD Secretary to the A.D.-SCW
Ashley Howard- SCSD Marketing Teacher-SCW
Julie Hunter-SCSD Special Education Teacher-SCHS
Josh Kean- SCSD Former Board President, Parent, Edward Jones
Erica Land- Director of SCC CAPS
Jeff Marion- SCSD Former Superintendent
Julie McClard, SCSD Executive Director of Special Education & Student Services
Susy Mills- SCSD Parent Liaison
Kelly Pendleton- SCSD Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
Jason Sefrit- SCSD Superintendent
Angela Syron- SCSD Assistant Principal-SCW
Dawn Tranen-SCSD Social Worker
Meeting the Need
Care to Learn - St. Charles works with the City of St. Charles School District to fill these health, hunger, and hygiene needs for students:
Eye exam and glasses
Mental health services
Pest control services
Transportation to medical appointments
Weekend food bags (PK – 4th)
Food pantry (5th – 12th)
Household cleaning supplies
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