PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Applications are now being taken for assistance through the Capital Area United Way’s Student Emergency Fund. The fund was set up to help local schools meet basic needs of students which are not normally funded, and to help compensate classroom teachers and educators who pay for those items from their own pockets. The program is funded through the local United Way’s 2013-2014 “It Matters!” campaign. Christina Oey, United Way Executive Director says the program makes small grants to help pay for items which are sometimes not affordable for some students but are needed. The funds are used for school supplies, clothing items, boots, mittens, milk tickets and transit tickets. The Student Emergency Fund offers $700 to schools-with $500 to be used for student needs and $200 for use in reimbursing teachers for classroom and student needs. Oey says the fund is one way to help students and teachers succeed. Funding packets are available at the Capital Area United Way office at 1801 East Wells Avenue or call 224-9229.
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