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New program helping students growing up in poverty

CLEVELAND — Whitney Young School serves students from Pre-K through 8th grade. However, many students and teachers are faced with a barrier they can’t climb without help.

Poverty drains many parent’s pockets and that prevents some from purchasing school supplies and uniforms.

“If you’ve never had this issue, you don’t think about it,” said teacher, Dannielle Jennings.

Jennings taught 25 students last year and said 10 were homeless. The issue creates a major distraction as students find it difficult to focus.

Meet our Partner of the Year: Richard Starr

Meet Richard Starr, our Distribution Partner of the Year. Richard is the Club & Athletic Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland King Kennedy/East Tech Teen Center.  As a committed neighborhood Distribution Partner,  Richard plays a critical role in our mission by ensuring families receive clothing and other basic needs to improve and enrich their lives.

Help us Reach our #Shoes4Cleveland Goal

For some parents, replacing their child’s outgrown shoes is a minor inconvenience. But for thousands of Cleveland families living in poverty, lack of proper shoes causes great anxiety—and can even create a barrier between their kids and school. By ensuring children have the basic items they need - like shoes - we can improve school attendance by up to 24% in Greater Cleveland schools. SC4K charges no fees to our recipients and therefore relies solely on the support of donations.