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Vol. 44, No. 15

February 22, 2010

Students Donate More than 40,000 “Kits 4 Kids”

The results are in: Missouri students got involved in a big way and donated more than 40,000 hygiene kits in the recent “Kits 4 Kids” relief campaign for Haiti.  The assembled toiletry supplies, boxed and stacked, would fill three 18-wheel trucks or three large shipping containers. 

Staff of the Department of Education recapped the Kits 4 Kids project for members of the State Board of Education last week (Feb. 18) during the board’s regular meeting in Jefferson City. 

The intense, 10-day effort was conducted in late January by the Department of Education in partnership with the Springfield-based relief organization, Convoy of Hope, and with public schools across the state.  Gov. Jay Nixon helped kick off the statewide collection roundup, Feb. 4, as Convoy of Hope trucks picked up the Haiti-bound kits at 11 Regional Professional Development Centers (RPDCs) across the state.

According to the final tally by state education officials, the project involved an estimated 150,000 students in 200 schools, school districts and student clubs.  Countless parents and community members joined with public school personnel to make the project a success. 

“We have heard from many teachers and parents that the hygiene kits were an excellent, low-cost way for students to help those less fortunate – whether donating supplies, assembling kits, or writing notes of encouragement.  It also served as an excellent opportunity for adults and students to discuss the tragedy at an age-appropriate level and to provide a way for students to experience compassion and move to action,” said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro.

“These hygiene kits will make an immeasurable difference in Haiti,” said Ronald Showers, outreach director for Convoy of Hope, in a letter of appreciation that was presented to Commissioner Nicastro and the State Board of Education. 

“As our teams have been going to schools to thank students, teachers and staff, we have been amazed at the sacrifice the students have made.  We have also seen the excitement in their eyes as they realize they have made an impact in the world through a simple hygiene kit.

“On behalf of the thousands of earthquake survivors who are receiving the Kits 4 Kids hygiene kits, I want to thank you, your staff and the Board of Education for all you have done to empower the students of Missouri to make a tangible difference in Haiti,” Showers wrote.