"Send every child back to school with pride..." |
Who We Are
Can you imagine having to choose between buying food and clothes or crayons, pens, scissors, paper and a notebook for your school-age child? Each year, many parents look at the brightly colored "Back to School" banners with dread as they face exactly these choices. The average cost of school supplies per child has grown to over $100 per child. Add a new coat and the cost is now unaffordable for many parents who are already struggling to pay for rent, gas and medical check-ups!
Teachers tell us about children showing up the first day of school without any supplies. Dressed in inadequate or ragged clothing, they often avoid school activities because they are embarrassed to be seen. Not having paper to take notes, or crayons to contribute to the class pool, may seem small, but to kids who are already struggling, having the basic supplies, an adequate clean coat, and new socks and underwear can make a HUGE difference!
The Little Red Schoolhouse Project was founded in 1991 in response to this need. Our goal is to see every child start school with basic school supplies, a backpack, new socks and underwear, and an adequate clean coat.
In 2012 supplies and clothing was given to 3,133 students!
Special thanks to our member partners:
The Little Red Schoolhouse Project is under the umbrella of:
- Community Action Council
- Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
- Junior League of Olympia
- Mixx 96.1 KXXO
- Olympia Lacey Church of God
- St. Benedictís Episcopal Church
- St. Johnís Episcopal Church
- Sound to Harbor Headstart
- United Churches
- Garden Courte Memory Care Community
TOGETHER! engages and mobilizes families, schools and the community to advance the health, safety and success of our youth.