You can help students beyond the classroom
Members can reach out to help students with a simple phone call to the NEARI Children's Fund. It provides a safety net for struggling students of any age whose personal needs interfere with their ability to come to school ready to learn.
The NEARI Executive Committee established the Children's Fund in 1985 to help students who come to school without their basic needs met. Over the last 30-plus years, the Fund has poured more than $2 million into communities across the state, providing clothes, shoes, heat, groceries, eyeglasses, medication, special educational equipment and supplies, bedding, rental assistance, vocational uniforms, test and licensing fees, tutoring, summer school, and much more to countless students.
If you see a need, make the call. Val Staples (firstname.lastname@example.org, 401-463-9630) coordinates the Fund at the NEARI office. Any member of NEARI may alert her that a student might need help, and from there it's easy. In about a day, she will facilitate whatever the student needs, usually through the school nurse, social worker, or guidance office, and always anonymously.
The Children's Fund is fueled by donations and fundraisers, such as the Annual Golf Classic and March Madness. Anyone can donate at any time, using this donation form [PDF] or the PayPal link in the sidebar. For memorial or celebratory donations, contact Val Staples.
There is no Fund administrative fee - every penny of every donation goes directly to Rhode Island students. The Fund is about restoring hope and giving struggling students a chance to succeed in school...and in life.