School Tools helps to equip
economically disadvantaged students with the basic learning
need to be successful at school. A variety of school supplies, from pencils
protractors, will be distributed to area public schools without charge
of any kind to the
schools or students.
School Tools is for economically disadvantaged children
entering grades K-8 and enrolled
in one of the areas sixteen public schools
for the 2016-17 school year. The 2015 School
provided assistance to over 2000 eastern LaSalle County area students and
families. Public elementary schools eligible to receive free School
Circuit Breaker, Deer Park Grade School, Grand Ridge Grade School, Harding Grade
School, Leland Grade School, Marseilles Elementary School, Milton
Pope School, Ottawa Elementary (Central,
Jefferson, Lincoln, McKinley, and Shepherd), Rutland Grade School,
Seneca Grade Schools,
Serena Grade School, Sheridan Grade School, and Wallace Grade School.
45% of families with children who attend area public
schools are economically
disadvantaged, needing financial assistance with
obtaining basic school supplies.
Low-income parents must first take care
of housing and food needs before they can
consider tackling additional
expenses like school clothes and school supplies. As a result, their children
go to school without the essential supplies that other children take for
granted. Either the school district or the teacher has had to purchase
the missing items, or the student goes without. The lack of adequate supplies
can affect the children's opportunity for academic achievement and success.
Free; however, school supply distribution is based on income
eligibility. To qualify for School Tools students must be eligible
for the federal free lunch program. The supplies provided will be tailored
to each school's required supply list and the quantity of supplies presented
will be determined by the number of low-income student enrollment. Supplies will be delivered to the school, if you are in need of help, please contact your school office in August.
United Way of Eastern LaSalle County and the SABIC Innovative
Plastics & SABIC HOPE Chapter Volunteers have accepted the challenge of making
basic school supplies available to low-income students. The program's
success is dependent on the generous donations of many companies, organizations
and individuals. School Tools 2015 distributed more than $10,000
of school supplies to area schools.
Can I Help?
Contributions and in-kind gifts to School Tools
are encouraged to help meet the needs of the local student community.