While school is out for the summer, the next 60 days are critical at CSL! Our team is hard at work raising support to ensure 2,500 students will have the necessary tools to be successful in the classroom in the Fall. Filling backpacks with school supplies, and stocking shelves with brand new pairs of shoes is top of mind at seven CSL locations.
CSL has kicked off a 60 Days of Summer Campaignto raise support for our upcoming Back to School Fairs! In the next 60 days, we hope to place 60 barrels at businesses, churches, and other locations across the metro to collect school supplies, backpacks, and tennis shoe donations for this year's Back to School Fairs. We currently have 57 barrels throughout the area, but your help could allow us to better serve more kids.
On April 25, 2018, CSL received news that the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is providing support to help 600 kids achieve more in school by staying in school. The Foundation in Kansas City is granting CSL $300,000 over the next three years ($100,000 per year) to the Family Stability Initiative, a unique partnership with school districts where we work intensely with families to keep kids stably housed and enrolled in their home school all year.
Like me, you can probably remember students that you were in school with that appeared one day, and disappeared a few days or a few weeks later. My oldest son, who is in elementary school, talks about friends that just leave. A local principal told me that he had 270 kids in his school in August 2017 to start this school year, but by December 2017, 90 of them (one-third) had left. However, total school enrollment numbers remained steady, which meant that 90 new kids moved in and filled their seats.