We are excited to announce our new partner school, Joyce Kilmer Elementary School. Joyce Kilmer has more than 800 students, making it the largest partner school. Located in the Rogers Park neighborhood, 95% of Joyce Kilmer’s students come from low-income households. This year, eleven Chicago Public Schools applied to partner with Supplies for Dreams and after rigorous interviews, extensive research by staff, and site visits, we welcomed Joyce Kilmer to our family. Joyce Kilmer stood out because of the high level of engagement between principals and teachers, and their willingness to go above and beyond for their students.
Like all of our partner schools, Joyce Kilmer will receive benefits from all three of our core programs. Our Dream Drive program will provide critical school supplies to each student while our Academic Enrichment and Award-a-Field Trip program will provide extra-curricular opportunities including field trips to the Field Museum and Science and Industry Museum, and intensive mentoring. Principal Jean Papagianis and Vice Principal Jennifer Foss have both expressed excitement about the new partnership.