Jane Harbron president of Assistance League of St. Louis 2019 2020Assistance League of St. Louis has named Jane Harbron its president for the 2019-2020 term. In 2009, after a 35-year career at IBM as Consulting Partner and Sales Executive, Jane joined Assistance League of St. Louis—an organization that for more than 30 years has responded to the unmet needs of tens of thousands of St. Louisans.

In the past decade, Jane has assumed several leadership positions, including Vice Chair and Chair of one of two major fundraisers for the organization, Vice President Fund Development (and Grant Writer), Chairman of Information Technology, President-elect and President in 2015-2016. As president then, she championed the organization’s first Discovery Day at the Saint Louis Zoo—now an annual tradition when 60 Assistance League volunteers bring more than 120 deserving children to a local venue for new athletic shoes and socks, new books, activities and healthy lunches.

2019 4 5 Jennings Schol District Superintendent Dr. Art McCoy Assistant Superintendent Gwendolyn Diggs USE THIS .JPG 800x533Art McCoy, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools, and Gwendolyn Diggs, Assistant Superintendent, Jennings School District, joined students at Northview Elementary School for a recent Assistance League of St. Louis book fair. 

Assistance League volunteers, including President-Elect Jane Harbron, pictured below, read to students and helped them select books to take home. They also staged a puppet show for preschoolers.

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Assistant League volunteers have conducted school book fairs across St. Louis, providing free books, reading sessions and literacy activities to hundreds of students. Assistance League is on its way to meeting its goal of providing 12,000 books to aspiring readers as part of its Books from Friends program.

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Assistance League of St. Louis Steps to Success recently wrapped up their spring session at Marvin Elementary in the Ritenour School District, where volunteers provided new athletic shoes and three pair of socks to deserving children.  Fittings happen annually in the fall and spring.  During the 2018-2019 season, Assistance League volunteers visited 37 schools in 8 school districts—providing approximately 3,700 St. Louis area school children with new athletic shoes and socks.

In the photo above, Assistance League volunteers Chris Zang and Dawn Thomas help fit children with new shoes at Larimore Elementary School in Hazelwood.

3 1 19 Iveland children and Elijah Edwards Sue LongGOOD shot.JPG 800x533On March 1, Ritenour School District’s Iveland Elementary School conducted a ribbon-cutting for one of six new Little Libraries being installed by Assistance League of St. Louis in the district.  Sue Long (top left), Chairman of Assistance League’s program Books from Friends, and Eagle Scout Elijah Edwards, the Parkway South High School senior who had the idea to build the first little library as part of his Eagle Scout requirements, were there to celebrate with students and other Assistance League leaders.

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2019 Jan 29 gateway left instructional Care Assistant Rosalind Farrell CopyAssistance League of St. Louis on January 29 brought new school uniforms and personal care items to 45 Gateway Michael School kindergarten through 8th grade students. This Saint Louis Public School serves students with serious health problems and multiple disabilities.  Here (left) Instructional Care Assistant Rosalind Farrell and Assistance League volunteer Bette Goette check out sizing of a pair of uniform pants---part of the package of 22 clothing, books and personal items the children took home. See the photo and caption on page A11 in the March 7 edition of the St. Louis American.

1 17 19 OSB Roxie with three boys .JPGAssistance League of St. Louis President Roxie Randolph, surrounded by Woerner Elementary School children getting new school uniforms, starred in a feature story and video filmed by the St. Louis Business Journal.  Both appeared on the Business Journal’s website on January 24, with the print edition on newsstands January 25. St. Louis Business Journal subscribers can find the video and feature article on their website.  

On November 27, Assistance League of St. Louis held the official Grand Opening of Al's Closets at Adams Elementary School.  Assistance League has set up these unique, fully-equipped closets in 17 Saint Louis Public Schools to more quickly respond to needs and provide basic clothing to deserving schoolchildren. View the Fox 2 News Coverage.

Adams School Principal Felicia Miller and Roxie Randolph, President of Assistance League of St. Louis, were on hand to celebrate this milestone event and respond to questions from the media. 

In addition to Adams, Al's Closets are available in 18 more Saint Louis Public Elementary Schools: Ames, George Washington Carver, Dunbar, Ford, Froebel, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lexington, Meramec, Monroe, Oak Hill, Gilkey Pamoja at Cole, Shaw, Shenandoah, Woerner and Woodward.

This year, the new delivery model will enable Assistance League to serve more than 4,800 elementary school students with a more immediate, more responsive approach.  Annually, Assistance League touches the lives of more than 44,000 St. Louisans.  And for more than 30 years, this all-volunteer organization has listened to the needs of our community and developed new, better, and more efficient ways to help.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recognized 53 community volunteers nominated in their annual "Thanks for Giving" campaign, and two of those volunteers are long-time, valued members of Assistance League. Congratulations, Sandy and Elaine!  Read the full story in the Nov. 22, 2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Sandy DiFranco volunteers at the Assistance League Photo by Laurie Skrivan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Elaine Huelsman volunteers at Assistance League of St. LouisPhoto by Robert Cohen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Running like the wind in sprints of 70 miles per hour, cheetahs are indeed one of the most admired creatures in the animal kingdom. In November of 2017, the Saint Louis Zoo witnessed a record-setting birth of eight cheetah cubs at the River’s Edge Cheetah Breeding Center.  And, on Monday, September 24, 120 lucky students from Dunbar Elementary in North St. Louis had the opportunity to learn about the cheetahs and other animals in a visit to the zoo. These students, brought to the Zoo by Assistance League of St. Louis for Discovery Day, were there to be fitted with new athletic shoes and socks provided by the organization of 500+ volunteers. Click HERE to see the KMOV news coverage of the day.

On Wednesday, August 15, volunteers from Assistance League of St. Louis met 60+ students at the organization’s headquarters in Ellisville. The elementary students bounded off the big yellow school bus that came from Barack Obama School in Normandy.  Filled with a bit of apprehension but excited about what the morning held in store for them, these students understood they were there to get new school uniforms. As many of the students were guided to volunteers to be individually "fitted" for their new uniforms, others met with a volunteer to hear a story, do an art project, or play games.