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For almost five years, the Korey Johnson Foundation has continued its commitment to teach youth compassion and philanthropy by highlighting the importance of giving and receiving with an emphasis on giving. That is the sole purpose of the Foundation. We recognize that we have a short time to invest in the lives of our youth as they grow into adults.
Since 2012, our foundation has aimed to make the first day of school for our area youth a pleasant experience by providing backpacks and school supplies. This mission is accomplished when we host our annual Can Skate community event which has also been featured annually on Fox 2 News. Our annual back to school skating party targets under-served elementary school students. Unfortunately, in 2020, Covid-19 changed how we could interact with one another. With CDC guidelines changing daily, we decided a different approach was needed. We wanted to still give away School Supplies and have fun with the children, but we couldn't proceed with our annual Can Skate Event. A decision had to be made, we decided that a Partnership with Rides N' School Supplies was the best way to serve our community in a safe but fun way. 3 years later we have served over 6000 children with backpacks and have awarded over 20,000 in Scholarships to local High School students.
The following goals guide our efforts:
Distribute a minimum of 2000 backpacks with school supplies at Rides and School Supplies Back to School Event, Award 2 students in our St. Louis region a Scholarship and acknowledge a St. Louis Public School Teacher with a donation towards supplies for the classroom. This year’s event happened on Saturday, August 7, 2021, from noon until 4 p.m. in the O’Fallon Park YMCA. This event gives youth and their families an opportunity to see some neat sports cars as well as receive back-to-school supplies. Let's let Derrick talk more about this amazing Partnership. Click the link below to watch.