City Museum, KidSmart partner for school supplies campaign

ST. LOUIS – The City Museum has partnered with KidSmart to create a Backpack and school supplies ride until middle of August.

About 90,000 children in the St. Louis area cannot afford basic school supplies, according to KidSmart, a local nonprofit. The campaign aims to help families in need.

“We think it’s super important that they have what they need, and honestly, there’s nobody in our community that does that better than KidSmart,” said City Museum’s Ashley Turigliatto. “They do so much with so little and we just want to be a part of it. We want to make sure they have what they need so they can get all these kids ready for school.”

KidSmart helps children in need by providing free school supplies to local students.

“Our mission at KidSmart is to help needy children in schools and empower them to thrive by providing free essential learning tools. Since 2002, KidSmart has distributed more than $75 million in free materials.” , says Katherine McAtee with KidSmart.

For every full sized and unused backpack donated, you will receive 4 coupons for $5 off general admission to the museum.

“It’s 90,000 [students] in need, which, if you can have a picture, is two full bush stadiums full of kids in the St. Louis area,” McAtee said.

While not required, if you happen to turn in a backpack full of supplies, it will be greatly appreciated.
And if you are a teacher, you can visit the City Museum for free until August 19. City Museum, KidSmart partner for school supplies campaign

Sarah Y. Kim

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