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H.U.S.K.Y. :

(Helping Underprivileged School Kids Year round)

HUSKY helps to equip economically disadvantaged students with the basic learning supplies they need to be successful at school. A variety of school supplies, from pencils to protractors, will be distributed to area public schools without charge of any kind to the schools or students.

For Whom?
HUSKY is for economically disadvantaged children entering grades K-8 and enrolled in one of the areas public schools. The HUSKY Program provided assistance to 4509 of 9339 students who qualified this year. Schools in the United Way Illinois Valley service area are eligible to receive free HUSKY supplies: Arlington, Cherry, Cedar Point, Dalzell, Earlville, Granville, Ladd, LaSalle, Leonore, Lostant, McNabb, Magnolia, Mark, Mendota, Oglesby, Peru, Spring Valley, Standard, Tonica, Triumph, Troy Grove, and Utica. Applications are mailed to area schools in April.

Over 42% of families with children who attend area public schools are economically disadvantaged, needing financial assistance with obtaining basic school supplies. Low-income parents must first take care of housing and food needs before they can consider tackling additional expenses like school clothes and school supplies. As a result, their children go to school without the essential supplies that other children take for granted. Either the school district or the teacher has had to purchase the missing items, or the student goes without. The lack of adequate supplies can affect the children's opportunity for academic achievement and success.

Free; however, school supply distribution is based on income eligibility. To qualify for the HUSKY program, students must be eligible for the federal free lunch program. The supplies provided will be tailored to each school's required supply list and the quantity of supplies presented will be determined by the number of low-income student enrollment.

Program Sponsors?
The HUSKY program receives contributions from individuals, business, financial institutions, churches, unions, and schools. The program's success is dependent on the generous donations of many companies, organizations and individuals.

How Can I Help?
Contributions and in-kind gifts to the HUSKY program are encouraged to help meet the needs of the local student community. Call United Way of Illinois Valley at 815-223-8339 for more information on how YOU can help.

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