Know a Student in Need? Find Out How to Get Help

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Do you know of an ACPS student in need? ACPS has partnered with Alice’s Kids, a non-profit organization that provides short-term financial assistance to students with immediate needs. Relying on referrals from teachers, social workers, counselors and community organizations, Alice’s Kids anonymously funds immediate student needs.

Every day, an ACPS student goes to school without a coat, wears sneakers with holes or carries their belongings in a plastic bag because they don’t have a backpack. Another ACPS student can’t see the SMARTBoard properly because her eyeglasses are broken. Others fall behind in class because they can’t afford the supplies needed for a project or are habitually late to school because they don’t have a simple alarm clock.

ACPS teachers, social workers, counselors and community partners see situations like these every day. While many take such things for granted, going without basic essentials can not only affect that student’s ability to learn, but it can also negatively impact the child’s self-esteem.

Through Alice’s Kids, ACPS and its community partners are now in a better position to help — and all you have to do is ask.

Do you have a student with an evident need? Or do you simply want to reward a student for working hard or demonstrating positive behavior?

Send a simple email request and Alice’s Kids pays for the item by issuing a check to the appropriate entity. In cases where a gift card is the only option, Alice’s Kids determines the approximate cost and the appropriate store and electronically transmits the gift card to the referrer. The referrer then passes the card on to the parent or guardian and informs them that the card can only be used for the desired item.

What Will Alice’s Kids Pay For?

  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Yearbooks
  • Gym uniforms
  • Prom dresses/tux rentals
  • Field trips
  • Family night out – dinner/movie passes
  • Sports and extracurricular fees
  • Relatively inexpensive items that are important to a student’s self-esteem

How to Make a Request

For more information on how to make a request, please read Alice’s Kids Guidelines (PDF).

Learn more about Alice’s Kids.