Clothes to Kids RI is a new non-profit that will offer free school wardrobes to children (ages 5-18) living in Providence County with proof of free/reduced lunch eligibility or an accepted referral letter. The wardrobe includes:
- 5 tops
- 5 pairs of new underwear
- 5 pairs of new socks
- 4 bottoms–shorts, pants or skirts
- 1 pair of shoes
- 1 coat or jacket
- 1 dress (optional)
Please visit www.clothestokidsri.org for further information or to make an appointment. The store will be open from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in August, as well as Saturday, August 20.
School is officially out but RI’s community schools are very busy with summer programming for some of the state’s most disadvantaged students! For little to no cost, students participate in weeks of enrichment programming as they pursue special interests, reinforce academic skills, and explore the state on educational field trips! For information about specific sites, please contact the program director listed on our RI Community Schools page or call Carolyn Birbiglia, Director of RIPCS.
Please also read the attached article by SUNY Binghamton’s Laura Bronstein, “How Community Schools Can Beat Summer Learning Loss for Low-Income Students” (SF Gate).
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) has many resources for parents, educators and the community at large. Check out their fact sheets and find out how you can help.