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Assistance League Volunteers Give More Than 1,600 Children New Shoes, Socks This Spring!
Assistance League of St. Louis Steps to Success recently wrapped up their Spring session at Marvin Elementary in the Ritenour School District, where volunteers provided new athletic shoes and three pair of socks to deserving children. Fittings happen annually in the Fall and Spring. During the 2018-2019 season, Assistance League volunteers visited 37 schools in 8 school districts—providing approximately 3,700 St. Louis area school children with new athletic shoes and socks.
In the photo above, Assistance League volunteers Chris Zang and Dawn Thomas help fit children with new shoes at Larimore Elementary School in Hazelwood.
Assistance League Brings Little Libraries, Books to Ritenour Schools
On March 1, Ritenour School District’s Iveland Elementary School conducted a ribbon-cutting for one of six new Little Libraries being installed by Assistance League of St. Louis in the district. Sue Long (top left), Chairman of Assistance League’s program Books from Friends, and Eagle Scout Elijah Edwards, the Parkway South High School senior who had the idea to build the first little library as part of his Eagle Scout requirements, were there to celebrate with students and other Assistance League leaders.
Following the ribbon-cutting, KSDK Anchorwoman Kay Quinn (far left, below) conducted a studio interview about the project with Assistance League leaders and Elijah. Next to Kay Quinn (from left) are Assistance League President Roxie Randolph, Elijah, and Chair and Vice Chair of the Assistance League’s Books from Friends program, Sue Long and Ruth Ellen Barr.
Assistance League of St. Louis on January 29 brought new school uniforms and personal care items to 45 Gateway Michael School kindergarten through 8th grade students. This Saint Louis Public School serves students with serious health problems and multiple disabilities. Here (left) Instructional Care Assistant Rosalind Farrell and Assistance League volunteer Bette Goette check out sizing of a pair of uniform pants---part of the package of 22 clothing, books and personal items the children took home. See the photo and caption on page A11 in the March 7 edition of the St. Louis American.
St. Louis Business Journal Features Assistance League President
Assistance League of St. Louis President Roxie Randolph, surrounded by Woerner Elementary School children getting new school uniforms, starred in a feature story and video filmed by the St. Louis Business Journal. Both appeared on the Business Journal’s website on January 24, with the print edition on newsstands January 25. St. Louis Business Journal subscribers can find the video and feature article on their website.
Assistance League is KMOX Voice of Caring Recipient
Assistance League of St. Louis was chosen as the January 2019 recipient of the KMOX Voice of Caring award. In addition to having a spotlight on the KMOX website, we received pre-recorded public service announcements and live announcements throughout the month. Assistance League President Roxie Randolph also did an on-air interview during a Saturday morning broadcast. Listen to the interview.
NEW! AL's Closets Officially Debut!
On November 27, Assistance League of St. Louis held the official Grand Opening of Al's Closets at Adams Elementary School. Assistance League has set up these unique, fully-equipped closets in 17 Saint Louis Public Schools to more quickly respond to needs and provide basic clothing to deserving schoolchildren. View the Fox 2 News Coverage.
Adams School Principal Felicia Miller and Roxie Randolph, President of Assistance League of St. Louis, were on hand to celebrate this milestone event and respond to questions from the media.
Sandy DiFranco, Elaine Huelsman Honored in Post-Dispatch "Thanks for Giving" Campaign
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recognized 53 community volunteers nominated in their annual "Thanks for Giving" campaign, and two of those volunteers are long-time, valued members of Assistance League. Congratulations, Sandy and Elaine! Read the full story in the Nov. 22, 2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Running Faster, Jumping Higher!
Running like the wind in sprints of 70 miles per hour, cheetahs are indeed one of the most admired creatures in the animal kingdom. In November of 2017, the Saint Louis Zoo witnessed a record-setting birth of eight cheetah cubs at the River’s Edge Cheetah Breeding Center. And, on Monday, September 24, 120 lucky students from Dunbar Elementary in North St. Louis had the opportunity to learn about the cheetahs and other animals in a visit to the zoo. These students, brought to the Zoo by Assistance League of St. Louis for Discovery Day, were there to be fitted with new athletic shoes and socks provided by the organization of 500+ volunteers. Click HERE to see the KMOV news coverage of the day.
A Uniform Experience
On Wednesday, August 15, volunteers from Assistance League of St. Louis met 60+ students at the organization’s headquarters in Ellisville. The elementary students bounded off the big yellow school bus that came from Barack Obama School in Normandy. Filled with a bit of apprehension but excited about what the morning held in store for them, these students understood they were there to get new school uniforms. As many of the students were guided to volunteers to be individually "fitted" for their new uniforms, others met with a volunteer to hear a story, do an art project, or play games.
Assistance League Joins SLU in Service Hours Challenge
Assistance League of St. Louis was recently invited to participate in a unique challenge Saint Louis University launched to celebrate the university’s 200th Anniversary. The university is aiming to deliver 200 years of service hours – 1.7 million volunteer hours – performed by community organizations in a single year. Assistance League happily joined the 200-Years-in-One service challenge to help SLU reach more than 1.7 million hours – all in one prolific year—by adding 44,923 hours to SLU’s clock. This represents volunteer hours from November 2017, through the end of the fiscal year in May, 2018. Assistance League is featured in a professional video highlighting our compassionate efforts. Click HERE to view the video, which was filmed by SLU’s professional team, assisted by member Jayne Foley, a SLU graduate and Chairman of Assistance League’s Public Relations.
Roxie Randolph is New President of Assistance League of St. Louis
A Renaissance Woman is well-educated, sophisticated and has talent and knowledge in many different fields of study. Roxie Randolph, President of Assistance League of St. Louis for 2018-2019, seems to wear this description well according to Assistance League peer, Arlene Holley. Arlene, a friend for many years, adds that Roxie is a true leader, a natural multi-tasker, a woman of her word and eager to share her learning and talents with others.