“Community Aid Reaching Every Student”
SMS C.A.R.E.S. strives to provide various resources to students in need at Springhouse Middle School.
To provide Springhouse students with the necessary tools to succeed, including food, school supplies, and various programs to assist in times of need.
WHO ARE WE?
We are a group of involved faculty and staff who hope to make a difference by identifying students who may be food vulnerable and might benefit from assistance we can provide. Many of these students depend on the free breakfast and lunch program for their main source of daily nourishment. As a result, they may not have access to an adequate food supply when school isn’t in session.
WHAT DOES SMS C.A.R.E.S. mean?
Community Aid Reaching Every Student
WHAT DO WE DO?
- SMS Cares provides Weekly Snack Packs for approximately 50 students with an identified food vulnerability. The food is donated by various sources including the Springhouse faculty and staff.
- We have a monthly “OPEN PANTRY’ Families may call and make an appointment to visit our pantry. We provide as much as we can based on supply. Generally we are able to give a large box of non perishable items such as pasta, sauce, mac and cheese, vegetables, applesauce, etc.
- Holiday Meals – We have provided holiday meals for families for Thanksgiving break and the winter holiday. Staff volunteers deliver the meals to the homes.
- Birthday Bags for Snack Pack Students (Sponsored by Future K Club)
- Holiday Adopt a family – We adopt approximately 20 families per year and include all children under 18 in the home
- Back to School Supply Drive for students
Where do we get the food/ supplies?
Community relationships, parent volunteers, and staff collections
Where do we get funds?
Fundraisers and donations.
What do we need?
We need community involvement. Ask us how you can help!
“One of the benefits has been our ability to make connections with students and their families. Many students who were reluctant to accept assistance initially have become more adept at self-advocacy. Furthermore, by working with the students and families, we have been able to build stronger relationships with the students. For the future, it would be nice to equip parents and families with additional supports and services throughout the valley” – Brian Barone, School Psychologist and SMS Cares organizer.
How can you help today?
- Sponsor a child for the holidays
- Sponsor a family for groceries
- Sponsor a week/month/year of snack packs
- Purchase a grocery gift card for a family in need
- Donate nonperishable food items
- Donate school supplies such as backpacks, pencils, binders, etc.
- Coordinate a FOOD DRIVE with family, friends, sports teams, co-workers
- Make a monetary donation
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