Title-One schools often lack essential resources and tools that other schools take for granted. By definition, they are schools where 40-100% of the student body receives free and reduced lunch.
Our program gives hope and encouragement to the staff and students by providing basic needs like coats in winter and food during the year for students. In addition, this program provides materials for the teachers as well as special treats for them throughout the year. Every year we provide a Back to School Pack for 300 teachers through our Make a Teacher Smile Campaign. Most teachers have to purchase back to school supplies from their own pockets at Title-One Schools. We try to make it a little easier on them by supplying these items through monetary and community donations.
Thanks to our partners Knox County Library, Friends of the Knox County Library, Imagination Library, and others, we are able to give thousands of books away through the KDC Book Mobile.
Even with all of the technology that children have at their fingertips, it is amazing to see children's faces light up with the simple gift of a book! We even take the time to perform "Reader's Theatre" for children who have met behavior or scholastic goals!