This post was written by springfieldauthor on June 8th, 2016
Care to Learn kickoff set for Thursday
Residents and Monett school district patrons interested in learning more about the Care to Learn program will have a chance to do so this week, as there will be a kickoff meeting with the Care to Learn organization at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Monett High School Performing Arts Center.
Care to Learn is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization founder by Springfield native Doug Pitt. Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, the district will implement a $15,000 grant to provide immediate funding to meet emergent needs in health, hunger and hygiene. The goal is to enable every child to be successful in school.
Care to Learn offers the mechanics of how to respond to a community need without laboring through the reinvention of a response network.
Funds for the grant came from a donation by Nadia Cavner, a strong supporter of Care to Learn, a longtime Springfield financial advisor and owner of the Nadia Cavner Group. Cavner made her gift in honor of Tristen Ferdig, the son of Gary Ferdig of Monett. The grant will require a local match, as well as additional funding for future efforts. The public meeting is being held to provide more information on how people may assist the effort.
“We hope you, or a representative from your business, will be able to attend to learn more about how we can all partner together to ensure that each student’s basic needs of health, hunger, and hygiene are met on a daily basis,” said Superintendent Brad Hanson, in a letter inviting community members to the event.
“There are a lot of needs in the community,” said Sarah Garner, Monett Elementary School assistant principal who has been selected as coordinator to work with Care to Learn. “At certain times of the year, families experience stress. This helps. I’m so excited to be able to make a difference in the lives of children. We’ll be glad to work with you and share all the success.”
Interested persons are also welcome to attend the session.