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Just two weeks after the Care to Learn fund began collecting donations for local Springfield public school students in need, the foundation has already met 75 percent of its goal for the year thanks to support from the community. KSMU's Greg Leuthen has more.
At the beginning of April, local businessman, Doug Pitt, had two goals he wanted to reach. The first goal was to raise awareness about poverty within the Springfield Public School District. Pitt says that almost half of the students in the district qualify for government funded free or reduced lunch.
His second goal was to raise fifty thousand dollars for these students from the local community, and the community has responded. The Care to Learn fund has already met 75 percent of its annual goal. With pledges from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, Jim D. Morris, and an anonymous donor to match these pledges, the foundation has raised over 150 thousand dollars for local students in need.
And the foundation has wasted no time putting this money to use.
Because of the community's generosity, one boy has received a pair of shoes, new clothing, and some much needed extra food. The money has also helped improve the backpack program, which supplies students with canned goods and other food to eat at home over the weekend.