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Cleveland Kids in Need

Providing School Supplies to Greater Cleveland Classrooms

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Cleveland Kids in Need (CKIN) is a program of Shoes and Clothes for Kids, that helps to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies to teachers of the students who are most in need.

CKIN is one of 40 affiliates of the national Kids in Need Foundation. Thanks to this relationship, we can now help get additional school supplies into more students and teachers classrooms more quickly.

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Interested in acquiring school supplies for your classroom? Learn more about eligibility, shopping procedures and resources available.

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About Cleveland Kids in Need

In Cuyahoga County, more than half of the children in public schools are enrolled in the free and reduced meal program. If, after paying the bills, their families cannot afford to provide lunch, basic school supplies become a luxury they cannot afford. In an effort to create a positive learning environment, teachers often spend their own money to stock their classrooms.

It is SC4K’s firm belief that no child’s academic achievement should be disrupted simply because they don’t have the proper tools.

Cleveland Kids In Need and SC4K bridges the gap between great need and available resources to provide school supplies to teachers and their students. Each year, the program receives more than $1 million worth of nationally- and locally-donated supplies for distribution. These donations come from major companies like Elmers, Dixon Ticonderoga, OfficeMax, 3M and many others; but also from companies or organizations that are rebranding, moving or simply cleaning house and find they have a surplus of like-new products.

We accept these product donations and use the financial donations to purchase brand new school supplies, and then redistribute them to those who need it most. The supplies are stored at the Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center’s 15,000 square foot facility in the heart of Cleveland where eligible teachers can come to shop for school supplies free of charge once a semester.

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