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Support the SLPS Foundation COVID Response

During this unprecedented time, the SLPS Foundation is grateful to those who have reached out to ask how they can help St. Louis students. Your contribution will support St. Louis students in five ways:

  1. We’re going 1:1. Every student must have both a device and Wi-Fi connectivity to be successful remotely.
  2. We’re prioritizing the health and well-being of students and staff. SLPS Foundation will continue to work with partners to support the District’s expansion of mental health services for students.
  3. We’re investing in trauma-informed practice for security personnel and staff. Trauma awareness training will focus on the impact of trauma, de-escalation strategies, understanding behavior as communication, vicarious trauma, and self-care.
  4. We’re supporting a new approach to student learning. The Foundation is supporting a new position within SLPS, the Director of Virtual Learning, to lead the District’s work to execute a Blending Learning approach, supporting student-centered learning in a flexible environment.
  5. We’re continuing to feed families. We know that many families will need extra support during these challenging times. One of the most immediate needs is food.  The District has been leveraging federal dollars that cover the costs of food for children, private donations to SLPS Foundation will cover the cost of feeding adults in the family.

To make an online donation, click donate button below. If you’d prefer to send a check you can mail to: Emily Zevely, SLPS Foundation, 801 N. 11th Street, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63101. Please add the line “SLPS Foundation COVID Fund” when prompted if you have any notes. If you have questions or want to know more about our work, email Emily at

SLPS Foundation Priority Areas & Giving Opportunities

Your gift to the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation will help us improve educational opportunities and promote higher student achievement through strategic programs benefitting students attending the St. Louis Public Schools.

–$250 covers the cost of a career certification exam for a high schooler

–$500 stocks an early childhood classroom with books

–$750 enables our youth to participate in a youth leadership summit

–$1,000 supports counseling to students impacted by trauma

–$5,000 covers the cost of literacy training for 5 pre-K teachers



Did you know that many companies offer matching gifts for employee’s charitable contributions? Check with your company to see if they offer this incredible benefit. If they do, make sure there is a way to indicate which school you are supporting.


Want to volunteer with the Saint Louis Public Schools? We are always looking for volunteers and offer a range of opportunities, ranging from clerical support to tutoring in the schools.

For more information about volunteering within the district, please contact:

Ryonnel Jackson, Director of Volunteering and Mentoring Services. (314) 345-4577

Or Ricci Sykes, Data Specialist (314) 345-4554



Donate- All gifts to the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation are tax deductible.

Make a Gift Today

By Mail

Send check or cash gifts to St. Louis Public Schools Foundation, Attn: Donna Woods, Fund Manager, 801 North 11th St. 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63101.  Please indicate which school fund you are supporting

Make a secure on-line gift on our website with your credit card, designating the fund in the on-line giving form. Paypal does deduct a small processing fee.

Start a Fund

If you want to make a restricted gift to the Foundation for use at a specific school, please contact Jane Donahue, President, St. Louis Public Schools Foundation, 314.331-6175. All gifts are 100% tax deductible.


  • “We have a tremendously diverse, resourceful and resilient student body. We just strive to give them an equal playing field. We want the same opportunities. The SLPS Foundation exists to bridge the gap that is ever widening between students from different socio-economic classes.”

    Jane Donahue President of SLPS Foundation
  • We want our students to walk into environments that spark imagination and confidence."

    Clarissa Ross SLPS Early Childhood Education Coordinator
  • “If we can put an excellent principal in every one of our schools, we can really accelerate progress.”

    Dr. Kelvin R. Adams Superintendent, St. Louis Public School District
  • “When I first started the program, students segregated themselves by high school, but we’ve come together as a family…we’ve formed study groups, shared advice, and most importantly, passed Calculus!  The Early College Academy has been the highlight of my high school experience.”

    Arric Lucas SLPS graduate
  • “We know our kids come from poverty and violence. Added to the normal stresses of family life these kids deal with unpredictable relocation, audible gunfire, and/or violent crime. They need to learn coping skills to work through the stress and trauma they face everyday, so they can succeed in college and in life.”

    Krista Germann Northwest’s Social Justice Council’s Advisor and Social Studies Teacher
  • “Saint Louis Public Schools’ primary mission is to educate our students………. but we know they need to be healthy to learn.”

    Dr. Kelvin R. Adams Superintendent, St. Louis Public School District
  • “We keep striving to make sure all of our students have the preparation and adult guidance they need to create their own path forward.”

    Dr. Beth Bender Associate Superintendent of College and Career Readiness
  • “We have obviously benefited greatly from the funding that the Innovation Grant has provided to our grant program…  But what I have been pleasantly surprised by during the experience is how valuable the group sessions have been to me as a school leader. I have received outstanding professional development from experts within education as well as professionals outside the field... I have been able to problem solve and strategize with other innovative school leaders in a thoughtful and systematic way.  Our time together during the group sessions is inspiring and motivates me to continue to make positive change for my students in innovative ways.  Participating in the Innovative Grants program has been an incredibly valuable experience on many levels.”

    SLPS Academic Instructional Coach
  • "Colleagues stand in the hallways chatting or even sit at dinner parties talking about what we could do if only we had the money. We're right: we can do so much more with available money. The School Innovation Grant allows you to take an idea about what you could only do and gives you the money to actually do it!”

    SLPS Academic Instructional Coach
  • “One of the strengths of the program is the interaction and support we have received from our colleagues. Ideas are always great and the Foundation funding is giving us the opportunity to make the ideas a reality – but, sometimes you do not get the results you thought that you would and you learn that mistakes can be educational, too.”

    SLPS Principal

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