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You Can Be A "Champion" for Springfield Public School Children

SPRINGFIELD -- You can help Springfield students get personal care items by dropping your donations in a barrel at a local Wal-Mart.
"Sometimes our kids don't know where they are going to go home to at night,” says Huffman. “They don't know if they are going to have a home to go to, they don't know if they are going to have food on the table. They don't know if they are going to have electricity, and they don't know if their water is going to be running."
SPRINGFIELD -- You can help Springfield students get personal care items by dropping your donations in a barrel at a local Wal-Mart.

Shoppers will have a chance to donate items, like soap, tissues, shampoo or deodorant during the "Champion for Kids" drive. 

The principal of Robberson Community School, Kevin Huffman, says before students can learn they need to have their most basic needs met. Then and only then will they be able to concentrate in school. 

 "They don't have an easy life when they are kids,” says Octivia, a 10-year-old fourth grader at Robberson Community School.

Octivia says kids don't have it as easy as adults think.

 "All the kids need some stuff for winter and everything,” says Octivia.

For schools like Robberson, with a high percentage of children on free and reduced lunch, Huffman says if children don't have their basic needs met they can't do much else.

"We’re talking about the basic necessities,” says Huffman. “Shampoo, soap, socks, underwear, those basic, hygiene, and clothing issues. If a kid doesn't have to worry about that, or if a family doesn't have to worry about that, then their focus can be on the other things. Then their focus can be on learning,” says Huffman.

Huffman says some of these students are dealing with adult issues just like Octivia said.

"Sometimes our kids don't know where they are going to go home to at night,” says Huffman. “They don't know if they are going to have a home to go to, they don't know if they are going to have food on the table. They don't know if they are going to have electricity, and they don't know if their water is going to be running."

Huffman says when people see the donation site they need to remember what is behind it. 

"What I want them to see is not a barrel, but I want them to see a kid," says Huffman.

Octivia hopes people will be generous with children in need. 

 "Yeah, it'd be a nice thing,” says Octivia. "Because if they donate, they can give to kids that don’t have anything."


The donation sites will be in Wal-Mart stores from October 30 to November 11.

Shoppers can donate items such as soap, tissues, shampoo or deodorant and also small clothing items like socks and underwear. 

The following Springfield Walmart stores are participating: 
 
  • 2825 N. Kansas Expressway
  • 1923 E. Kearney St.
  • 3520 W. Sunshine St.
  • 3315 S. Campbell Ave.
  • 3536 W. Mount Vernon St.
  • 2021 E. Independence St.
  • 545 El Camino Alto Dr.
  • 3150 W. Republic Rd.
  • 1320 S. Glenstone Ave.
 
 
Visit www.championsforkids.org for more information
 
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