Around the country, there are thousands of schools that lack the financial capabilities needed to purchase school supplies for their students and teachers.
In 1995, one foundation set out to change that. The Kids In Need Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to “ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need”.
Aside from providing free school supplies to students and teachers, the Kids In Need Foundation also awards grants to teachers for innovative classroom projects.
The Kids In Need Foundation has grown significantly since the beginning of its establishment. In 1997, just 2 years in, 5.5 million dollars worth of product was distributed to 25,000 children. Also, the Help-A-Teacher grant program found its first sponsor, Fred Meyer. During that program’s first year, $25,000 in grants of $250 to $1,000 was awarded to 37 teachers.
In more recent years, numbers have sky-rocketed. The Kids In Need Foundation, in 2009 alone, distributed 38 million dollars worth of product to 3,000 schools, 100,000 teachers, and 1.6 million students.
Each year there is an opportunity for the staff members of the National Network of Resource Centers to attend educational seminars and networking sessions at the Kids In Need Summit. This year, Kids In Need reached out to S&S Activewear and Sharprint to donate a batch of screen-printed staff member t-shirts for the event. S&S Activewear supplied Sharprint with the blank garments and Sharprint added the custom decoration.
Sharprint, a Chicago based manufacturer of decorating apparel, is proud to help, in the best way we can, the Kids In Need Foundation.
We understand and truly believe that every child deserves the supplies needed in order to learn and succeed. As Anne Frank quoted, “how wonderful it is that nobody need to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world”.