VOLUNTEER

Our current programs are listed below. We hope you will join us.

VOLUNTEER sign-ups are through JustServe.org.  You must be registered on their site before you can VOLUNTEER.  It’s easy and quick!  Thank You!

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FOOD DRIVE – FILL THE BAGS

Approximately 95% of the students at Mark Twain Elementary in Kansas City, Kansas qualify for reduced/free breakfast and lunches provided at the school. During winter and spring breaks, many of these children face hunger as there is not enough food at home.  It was from this need and the rallying of volunteers in 2014 to meet the need that the first food drive emerged, and that first food drive was the catalysis for our creation as a non-profit organization.

We are able, with the help of cash and in-kind donations from individuals, neighborhoods, schools and community organizations, to provide each of these children with a rolling bag filled to the brim with food to take home for winter break.  A smaller bag is of food is sent home with each child for spring break as well.  What food is provided?  Rice, pinto beans, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, canned soup/chili, canned vegetables, ramen noodles, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni & cheese, applesauce/fruit cups, oatmeal, granola bars, graham crackers, and microwave popcorn.

While our food collection efforts are focused in November and December, we are constantly in need of help to fill the bags!  We are looking for additional neighborhoods, schools, and community organizations to partner with for food donations.  If you or your organization are interested in committing to collect food to help fill the bags for the upcoming winter & spring breaks, please contact us (contact details in the resources information below).

WINTER BREAK BAGS

A rolling bag filled to the brim with food for winter break is sent home with each child at Mark Twain Elementary a few days before winter break begins.  The rolling bags are then returned to be used the following year.  Prior to the rolling bags, the children carried the food home in two paper grocery bags.  It was not unusual for a small child to try to drag the two heavy bags of food home, which could be several blocks away.  The bags ripped and the food scattered, causing quite a bit of stress for the child who understood hunger and the need for this food for themselves and their family.  It was truly a miracle to have a generous donor, Easy Home Organization, donate all 310 rolling bags.

CURRENT NEEDS AND RESOURCES

We are currently approaching schools, congregations, neighborhoods, and work places for food items.

If you would like more information regarding the food drive or are interested in committing now to provide donated food to help fill the bags, contact:

Melanie Shashindranath
melanie@loveliteracylife.org
801-362-9674

SPRING BREAK BAGS

A ziploc bag is sent home with each child at Mark Twain Elementary a few days before spring break.  The bag includes ramen noodles, macaroni & cheese, oatmeal, and granola bars.  These bags are small enough to slip into the children’s bag packs for easy transport to their homes.

VOLUNTEER sign-ups are through JustServe.org.  You must be registered on their site before you can VOLUNTEER.  It’s easy and quick!  Thank You!

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CAMP X-STREAM  

2017 Theme: “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”

With the help of generous donations, sponsors, volunteers, and school staff Mark Twain Elementary is able to open its doors to students once a week throughout the summer months for CAMP X-STREAM. During CAMP X-STREAM students participate in fun hands-on educational projects in Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, Math, Music, and P.E.

At Mark Twain 70% of the students are learning English as their second language. The Reading portion of camp is designed to assist students in maintaining and improving upon the language skills they gain over the school year, which greatly reduces the academic backslide they would experience over the summer if they were not in attendance.

Students who attend this program have shown to have drastically improved abilities and performance in all subjects during the following school year. All students will receive a free, healthy breakfast and lunch.

The following are provided to the students free of charge:

INDEPENDENT READING

Volunteers assist students in picking out an appropriate reading level book and then sit down with them individually to listen and assist as the student reads aloud the book to them. Reading aloud consistently greatly improves the students reading, comprehension, and language skills.

READ-ALOUD TIME

Volunteers sit with students as a teacher reads aloud to the students, exposing them to a variety of genres, writing styles, and the English language. This exposure has been shown to increase their listening, language, and comprehension skills, as well as their imagination. Read-alouds make books and reading interesting,  helping to create a love of reading.

BOOK SWAP

Students are assisted by staff and volunteers in checking-out/in books that they can then take home to read and share with their families.

MUSIC

Students will get to explore many different instruments such as xylophones, drum sets and percussion.

ART

During the ART portion of camp, students participate in creating projects that go along with the theme of the week. They will be using clay, making sculptures, painting, print making, weaving, using watercolors, and creating stained glass.

STEM

During the STEM portion of camp, students participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math projects that go along with the theme of the week. This year they will create wind powered vehicles, cages, pulleys, bridges, ziplines, houses to withstand earthquakes, and devices for dropping things from a certain height.

PE

Students will participate in fun activities that get them moving!  They will play tag, bean bag toss, relay races, scooter races, and other cardio activities.

CURRENT NEEDS AND RESOURCES

Camp X-STREAM 2017 was a success! We would love for you to volunteer in 2018, so check back that spring.

VOLUNTEER sign-ups are through JustServe.org.  You must be registered on their site before you can VOLUNTEER.  It’s easy and quick!  Thank You!

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CLOTHING FAIR 

When Kimberley Montini began teaching at Mark Twain Elementary, she noticed many students came to school wearing the same outfit all week. As winter temperatures dropped below freezing, the students arrived at school in the same tattered clothing, often wearing little more than a t-shirt. With the help of generous cash and in-kind donations from individuals and elementary schools and well as contributions of time and efforts by volunteers, we are able to provide the following items to the students:

HOW IT WORKS

Families in need from the KCK area are invited to a back to school Clothing Fair at Mark Twain Elementary School each summer where they pick out new and gently used clothing, winter-wear, and accessories for the approaching school year. We need willing hands to sort and organize the clothes, and then help run the Clothing Fair.

COATS AND WINTER WEAR

We are thankful for generous donations of new and gently used winter-wear, collected one item at a time through clothing drives all over the metro area. L3 is currently collecting coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and boots. Running a coat and winter-wear drive is a fun summer project for neighborhoods, church groups, scouts, and families!

CURRENT NEEDS AND RESOURCES

Program Coordinators:
Kirsten Hobbs
maxandkirsti@gmail.com
913-963-3149

Heather Jones
hjmkrrjones@yahoo.com
307-679-8741

We would love your help!  Check here in the spring of 2018 for information on how you can get involved.

 

CLOTHING

Most of the clothing for the Clothing Fair is collected through clothing drives, carried out by generous volunteers all over the metro area. Once the clothing is collected, it is brought to Mark Twain school where L3 volunteers work alongside Mark Twain families to sort the clothing until the Fair. Running a clothing drive is a fun summer project for neighborhoods, church groups, scouts, and families!

SOCKS AND UNDERWEAR

We hope to provide each child at Mark Twain Elementary with a NEW pack of socks and underwear. We are currently seeking sponsors to help fund this, and also welcome individual donations. Please consider donating them in any size, or go to our Donate page and contribute so we can purchase them.

HOW TO HOLD A CLOTHING DRIVE

First Step – Choose and Print Flyers

If you’re doing a neighborhood clothing drive:
– Customize and print a “Personal Message” to go with each neighborhood flyer: Contact one of the program organizers to get digital copies of flyers:
Heather Jones, 307-679-8741, hjmkrrjones@gmail.com,
Kirsten Hobbs, 913-963-3149, maxandkirsti@gmail.com

– Tape the flyer and personal message to the front doors of your neighbors.
If you’re doing a clothing drive through an organization such as work or church:
– Write your name and contact info on the all flyers you print
– Post a flyer along with a collection box in a common area, (breakroom, foyer, etc.)

SECOND STEP – Collect clothing! 

Make sure to print and post a “collection location”  sign on your porch so people know they are bringing clothing to the right place.

THIRD STEP – Make arrangements to transport your donations to Mark Twain Elementary. 

There are two options for this:
Option One Bring the donations to Mark Twain yourself during any of our designated sorting dates. The final sorting date is July 19th at 10 AMPlease contact Kirsten Hobbs or Heather Jones in advance so we know to expect you and can help bring your donations into the school.
June 14 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
June 28 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
July 12 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
July 19 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

We would love to have you stay and help sort if possible, but you’re welcome to simply drop off the clothing.

Mark Twain Elementary2300 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, Kansas 66102

Entrance is through the gym doors at the back of the school on 24th Street, which is one-way. From State Ave, turn right on 22nd, right on Minnesota Ave and right on 24th.

Option Two – If you are unable to make it to a sorting event, we will be glad to pick up the donations from you.  *All donations must be collected from your home by Saturday July 15th. Contact Heather Jones or Kirsten Hobbs to arrange a pick-up.

VOLUNTEER sign-ups are through JustServe.org.  You must be registered on their site before you can VOLUNTEER.  It’s easy and quick!  Thank You!

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CLASSROOM SUPPLIES

Being a teacher is a noble and challenging work, and the challenges are sometimes not what we might expect.  Unfortunately many school districts don’t have the funds to adequately supply classrooms, causing teachers to buy some of the paper, notebooks, pencils, and pens they need.  This can present a significant hardship.  Fortunately, there are teachers in schools who have surplus items at the end of the school year which they generously donate to L3 for Mark Twain Elementary.  Volunteers help us sort them into categories, and then just before school starts we set them out at the school and invite teachers to take what they need.  We then invite the high and middle school teachers to do the same.  We are looking for volunteers to help with the sorting.

CLASSROOM SUPPLIES

Our needs vary according to what donations come in from schools with excess supplies.

CURRENT NEEDS AND RESOURCES

2017 Classroom Supplies will be sorted August 7 from 9:00-1:00 AM at Mark Twain Elementary

Project Coordinator:
Jinny Callister
callisterja@gmail.com
913-634-3792

 

LOOKING FOR A SERVICE PROJECT?

We have great volunteer and donation drive opportunities for:

  • INDIVIDUALS
  • FAMILIES
  • BOY SCOUT TROOPS
  • EAGLE SCOUT PROJECTS
  • BROWNIE & GIRL SCOUT TROOPS
  • YOUTH GROUPS
  • CHURCH GROUPS
  • SCHOOLS
  • CORPORATE SERVICE PROJECTS
  • OTHER

If you or your group are interested in doing a service project or donation drive, please contact: volunteer@loveliteracylife.org

 

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