In the 21st century, the best anti-poverty program around is a world-class education.
- President Barack Obama
Education is the foundation children build their lives upon, and the channel through which we’re able to foster and inspire the leaders of the next generation. America, the land of opportunity, should provide an egalitarian education system. That being said, our current education system is not as accessible as it should be.
There are so many things we love about our community, but we also understand that there are certain areas where improvements could be made. Access to education is a huge one. Over 63% of the Lake County School District’s student population currently lives either at or below the poverty level, and the Student Services Departments reports that there are over 1,884 students who are homeless. Meaning, there are over 1,884 students who regularly go hungry and who don’t have access to the basic school supplies we so often take for granted.
It’s a heartbreaking statistic, and it’s one we’re looking to help change! That’s why this year we’re teaming up with the Education Foundation of Lake County to participate in Red for Ed, an initiative that aims to paint the county red in order to raise awareness about the critical need of our local students for the most basic items of food and school supplies. Sounds awesome, right?
How You Can Help
For the next few months until the end of July, we’ll be accepting donations at all three AIC locations during business hours. Any donation would be greatly appreciated to help Red for Ed meet their goal by providing students with the essential supplies they need to be successful. If you are unable to make it to a donation bin at one of our three centers, you can donate online.
The donation bins are officially open, and we can’t wait to see everyone’s donations rolling in! A list of donation items is provided below: