St. Louis is a terrific city but like most big cities, we have our challenges. One is the devastating and all-encompassing impact of multi-generational poverty. Many wish there was something we could do to help. It’s hard to know what.
There needs to be an avenue to connect those who want to help with those who are dealing with the challenges on a day-to-day basis.
One proven solution to the long-term effects of poverty and income inequality is to make sure ALL kids get a good education. It’s their best chance of climbing out of poverty and having more productive lives.
St. Louis Public Schools face many challenges in providing a good education. In spite of the barriers, most educators work extremely hard to assure that their students get a good education and a fair chance.
They could use a little encouragement!
The objective of Friends of Adams is to focus on one elementary school in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood, Adams Elementary, and to inspire a community willing to offer encouragement and support. This help will be offered in the form of volunteering, providing needed supplies and contributing financially for special projects. Through Friends of Adams we know needs can be met and the students and staff will be encouraged.
We think it would be transitional if the entire St. Louis region embraced the challenges of city schools as OUR issues rather than THEIR issues.
As a community, they are ALL our kids.
“We have the opportunity to set the trajectory of our children’s future towards poverty or riches, industry or idleness, good or evil, by the way in which we educate them.”
Mr. Cameron Coleman, Principal,
Adams Elementary School
“Civilization is a race between education and catastrophe.”
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.
~Dr. Seuss from The Lorax