ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) -- Jared Cook of the St. Louis Rams is the official ambassador for KidSmart & Push for Pencils. Jared is hosting a Push for Pencils drive on Saturday, August 3, at Rams Fan Fest at the Edward Jones Dome. He stopped by to tell Tim Ezell more about the cause.
For complete information on how to host a supply drive, donate a 'virtual backpack,' set up a Push for Pencils Team or join the Push for Pencils movement visit www.kidsmartpushforpencils.org.
More about the cause:
KidSmart opened the doors to the KidSmart Free Educational Supply Store eleven (11) years ago, with hopes of improving the educational opportunities afforded tens of thousands of local children who live in poverty throughout the St. Louis community.
Through a successful community-wide collaboration, as well as throughout each school year, KidSmart equips tens of thousands of St. Louis children at the greatest risk of failing, with the tools they desperately need to succeed in school. Since opening in 2002, KidSmart has supplied local kids in need with $28 million worth of free schools supplies.
Each year KidSmart rallies 'Push for Pencils' support through a community-driven, back-to-school supply drive, the largest in the region. The Push for Pencils movement changes the playing field for 90,000 deserving students in need.
This year Walmart has stepped up as the first Presenting Sponsor of Push for Pencils and is hosting a weekend drive in all local Walmart Stores during tax-free weekend. Walmart will match the school supplies purchased and donated by the community, in their stores, the first weekend in August.
Each August, tens of thousands of St. Louis employees with 100+ companies, and individuals throughout our community collect supplies to support KidSmart's Push for Pencils Supply Drive. For complete information on how to host a supply drive, donate a 'virtual backpack,' set up a Push for Pencils Team or join the Push for Pencils movement visit www.kidsmartpushforpencils.org.
KidSmart believes in the power of a single book, notebook, pencil, box of crayons. Items so simple, yet they have the ability to make an extraordinary difference in the life of a child.