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. New statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau (2017) show that 39.8% of St. Louis city kids live in poverty. Something needs to be done.
It’s hard for individuals to know what they can do.
We need to create avenues for those who want to help to encourage 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 happier, more productive lives.
St. Louis Public Schools are making significant advances in providing a good education. Most educators work extremely hard to assure that their students are getting the training to assure a fair chance. There is still much work to be done.
We all need to tackle the challenges as a community!
The objective of Friends of Adams is to focus on one extraordinary public school in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood that is making a significant difference, Adams Elementary School. We want to inspire a community willing to learn, interact, encourage and support. Our partnership will be accomplished through communicating, encouraging, volunteering, providing needed books and supplies and contributing financially for special projects. Through Friends of Adams we hope to build bridges that encourage the students and staff.
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.
“The elementary years are critical times of development for students and families and I look forward in working with all of you to make this school year successful. The staff is thrilled that you have entrusted your children’s education to us. We will make every effort to help your child achieve academically and socially this year. It is our goal to create an enriched learning environment that engages each student.”
Dr. Felicia Miller, Principal
“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