Backpacks for Students
All children look forward to returning to school, no matter their socio-economic status. The Kyrene Foundation works with community partners to provide new backpacks and school supplies for students in need. Additionally, supplies are stocked at the Kyrene Family Resource Center year round so that all children have the supplies they need to achieve in school.
Dressed for School
Students in need receive new and gently-used outfits once a month. The Assistance League of East Valley supports Kyrene kids with Operation School Bell (OSB). OSB provides students identified as in need in Kyrene with brand new clothing, and shoes.
Thanksgiving Food Boxes
Friends of the Foundation, Kyrene Schools and local individuals and companies come together to gather the ingredients for a family Thanksgiving food box complete with the turkey and all the trimmings for any family in Kyrene in need.
Winter Wonderland is an event to support Kyrene families in need who have been identified by and referred by school and district staff. Families who attend are invited to come and “shop” for new toys and gifts for their children. Gifts are wrapped by volunteers while families enjoy refreshments and holiday entertainment provided by Kyrene Fine Arts clubs.
Wishes Come True
Not every girl can afford a onetime special occasion dress. Friends of the Kyrene Foundation, local businesses, school staff and partners collect gently used dresses and accessories for 8th grade promotion ceremonies. Many professional beauty consultants come to volunteer their time to pamper the girls and make this day truly a wish come true. Gentleman attire is also collected and distributed through a partner Kyrene Middle School.
Summer Activity Packs
The Kyrene Foundation supports and Friends of the Foundation collect educational and engaging items for students who are academically at risk. Teachers create age appropriate fun, learning activities. Needed donations are: crayons, markers, decks of cards, card games, board games, spiral bound notebooks and glue sticks.