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2017 Push for Pencils

OUR MISSION is to ensure that children and their classrooms in the Greater Metropolitan Saint Louis Area have the basic tools for learning by transferring, at no cost, the community's surplus supplies and merchandise into the hands of teachers for school children in need.


KidSmart’s Young Friends: Happy Hour

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Martiz Day of Giving 2017

Thank you for giving your time and talent to equip local kids in need.

  • 40 extraordinary volunteers collected 
  • 70 essential tools for local students 
  • 120 hours of service

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Great Expectations Foundation provides seed funding for KidSmart Young Friends Board

Founding Co-Chairs Ashby Owens and Lauren Wendell are excited and eager to make a difference in the St. Louis community by starting KidSmart’s first young friends board.  The very generous support from the Great Expectations Foundation provides the necessary funding to launch the young friends board in 2017.

KidSmart opened the doors to what remains Missouri’s only Free Educational Supply Store 15 years ago.  The Free Store equips tens of thousands of St. Louis area kids with items such as: paper, pencils, markers, glue, and crayons… items every child must have to succeed in school.

Each and every child has a hope and dream… they have the desire and ability to achieve those dreams. They simply lack the essential tools critical for success. KidSmart kids are our kids… they are tomorrow’s doctors, teachers, engineers. It is the continued support from the entire St. Louis community who has donated their dollars, time, and school supplies that have truly the real difference in the education and lives of so many local kids.

KidSmart’s Young Friends Board will help the organization expand in 2017 by bringing an awareness of the need in our neighborhoods and getting support from St. Louis young adults looking to make a direct impact on our future generations........

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Enter to Win Tickets Today Sweepstates

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St. Louis Blues to pick up supplies for local partners

St. Louis Blues and KidSmart Host School Supply Drive August 31

ST. LOUIS - Blues for Kids and KidSmart are teaming up to collect school supplies for area students in need on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Local businesses are invited to donate much-needed supplies to help equip St. Louis area students with basic supplies that are essential for being successful in school.

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Vinson Mortgage Charity of Choice- August 2016



Vinson Mortgage Charity of Choice: KidSmart

August 4, 2016

  • We’re delighted to announce that our Charity of Choice for August is KidSmart, a St. Louis-based organization that provides free school supplies for students in need. Just in time for Back to School, we’re supporting KidSmart Push for Pencils, a community-wide school supply drive.

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