KIDS IN NEED FOUNDATION
Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center is part of a national network
of 25 resource centers that provide free school supplies to teachers
in underprivileged schools. These centers receive product donations
from national manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of school
and office supplies. These donations are coordinated by the National
Kids In Need Foundation located in Dayton, Ohio. The National Foundation
is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization founded in 1995. Its mission
is to recognize, promote and support initiatives that foster educational
excellence. One way it achieves its mission is to solicit and distribute
materials through its network of Kids In Need Resource Centers.
While the National Foundation performs a very important role, it
does not provide funding to operate any of the centers, including
the Cleveland Kids In Need Resource Center.
THE CLEVELAND KIDS IN NEED RESOURCE CENTER
The Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center was opened in November,
2001 by a dedicated group of volunteers. The Center occupies 15,000
square feet at 3631 Perkins Avenue near East 40th Street and Chester
Avenue. Using a donation of paint from ICI Paints, Steering Committee
members transformed a bleak, dull warehouse space into a bright,
colorful, attractive place we can all be proud of. The
Center is open for teacher "shopping" three days a week
from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm from September through May. Between 10 and
15 schools are scheduled to shop each week. To qualify to receive
free supplies, schools must provide documentation that at least
70% of the students qualify for support from the Federal Free or
Subsidized Lunch Program.
The Center is stocked with product donations received from the National
Foundation, local companies, and an annual "Stuff the Bus"
event sponsored by Fox 8 News that gives the general public a chance
to make donations. Those donations are sorted and shelved by volunteer
and community service workers in a retail-style environment for
selection by the teachers. There is a commitment to have certain
core supplies like copy paper, filler paper, notebooks, pens, pencils,
crayons, glue, glue sticks, scissors, etc. on the shelves at all
times. Money is raised to purchase these core items. Because we
buy in significant quantities, we can obtain supplies at about 40%
below the retail price.
- Kids In Need Resource Center Opened in November
full school year, teachers from 25 elementary & middle schools
where 93% - 99% of the students were eligible for the Federal Lunch
Program were scheduled twice a year.
- Added 10 schools with 90-93% eligibility and 17 schools targeted
by the Cleveland District Administration as needing academic improvement.
The teachers at each school shopped twice in the year.
the remaining elementary & middle schools in Cleveland and January
1st of 2006 added the High Schools (with their 18,000 students).
our initial 5 year goal of serving all the eligible schools in the
Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
- Added the East Cleveland School District with 10 schools and 6,400
the Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center first opened in 2001,
we supplied teachers at 25 elementary schools in the Cleveland Municipal
School District. Now in its seventh year, the Center is able to
offer free products to the teachers at over 150 eligible schools:
public, parochial and charter; elementary, middle, high schools,
and vocational in the Cleveland Metropolitan and East Cleveland
THIS SCHOOL YEAR CLASSROOM TEACHERS
FROM 156 SCHOOLS WILL RECEIVE MORE THAN $1.8 MILLION OF FREE SCHOOL
SUPPLIES AND DISTRIBUTE THEM TO OVER 80,000 STUDENTS!
We didn't do it alone
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