Efforts to provide school supplies to children in need are receiving a boost from the Evanston Community Foundation.

The foundation is providing at $2,500 community catalyst grant to help with an effort that seeks to raise $15,000 before school opens on Aug. 24.

The program, a collaboration between Evanston Skokie School District 65, Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston and the District 65 PTA Council hopes to provide supplies to 600 students in need.

“With more than 2,600 students in District 65 eligible for free lunch, there is a critical need to support families in getting their children off to a strong start this fall. Sara Schastok, ECF’s president and CEO, said in a statement, adding that “we encourage others to join us.” 

COPE is working to organize community support and raise funds, District 65 will source and order the supplies, and the PTA Council will coordinate volunteers to assemble and distribute supplies so all funds raised can be dedicated to the cost of supplies.

District 65 Chief Strategy Officer Maria Allison said “COPE is a great partner for this effort given their tremendous experience mobilizing resources to support children and families in District 65. We are very excited to be working with them this year.”

“We want to make sure every child is ready, prepared and excited to start school on day one”, said District 65 PTA Council President Kristin James.

“This Catalyst Grant from the Evanston Community Foundation not only provides supplies for the coming school year, but also helps establish a partnership to carry the work forward in future years”, said COPE Executive Director Juliet Bond.

Marybeth Schroeder, the foundation’s vice president for programs, said the new partnership is filling the gap once met by the nonprofit KASS (Kids and School Supplies).” 

For more information about donating call COPE at 847-905-6332 or email careteam@evanstoncope.org.

Online gifts can be made through the Evanston Community Foundation, by mentioning “school supplies” in the special notes section.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. fund raising for school supplies

    as a newer member of the evanston community, i wanted to contribute locally but didn't quite know how to. thank you for your work as a local source for community news and thanks for the education concerning the evanston community foundation. i not only found a great place to contribute, but also became aware of what a great community group can accomplish..again(to quote an old friend of mine) thanks for the"edgemacation"

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