You can help students beyond the classroom

Members can help students by contacting 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.

The Fund is about restoring hope and giving struggling students a chance to succeed in school...and in life."

If you see a need, make the call. Val Staples (, 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. For memorial or celebratory donations, contact Val Staples.

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Donate now to the NEARI Children's Fund through the PayPal Donate button below.

You may also donate through the donation form. You will need to complete and print the form, then mail to Children's Fund. Donation Form

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.

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Classroom Grant Program

Chris and Gloria Heisler were educators and strong NEA Rhode Island union supporters their whole career. We honor the Heisler’s memory and their dedication to students by awarding grants in their name to answer students’ needs. The Classroom Grant Program will disburse up to $500 for each approved grant application.
Learn more about applying for the Heisler Grant

Horace Mann Children's Fund Donation

As a proud sponsor of the The National Education Association Rhode Island (NEARI) Children’s Fund, Horace Mann is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities that are essential for members and our community.

As part of their commitment and generous support, Horace Mann will make a $15 donation to the Children’s Fund on behalf of every member who completes a no obligation auto insurance quote. The purchase of a policy is not required for the donation to be made. Horace Mann also provides other practical resources to help members. 

  • Educational workshops
    • Student Loan Solutions
    • Financial Success
    • Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island (ERSRI)
  • Student perfect attendance and personal achievement recognition

If you would like to talk with a Horace Mann representative, call: 401-234-9787

Get an online quote now 


Other Materials of Interest

The Children's Fund Annual Golf Classic

Mark your calendar for our 27th Annual Classic July 19, 2018! 

Put a little March Magic in your local

During "March Magic," local associations create their own ways to raise money for the Children's Fund. (Yes, some of them are basketball brackets). Ask your local president how to get in on the fun! March Magic Poster.pdf

Access Your Member Benefits

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National Education Association Rhode Island (NEARI)

99 Bald Hill Road
Cranston, RI 02920-2631

P: 401-463-9630
F: 401-463-5337

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