The Matthew Project is a not-for-profit afterschool program serving identified/referred homeless children in District 186. The children receive a healthy meal each Thursday. The program includes one hour of one-on-one academic tutoring, ongoing financial education activiites, various wellness lessons, and life skills activites. In addition, an in-school mentoring program component offers support for the children during the week.
New Supplies and Materials: Book bags/backpacks, school supplies such as new folders, crayons, markers, colored pencils, alarm clocks, scissors, glue sticks etc., educational toys and games for the reward wall. Gift cards are also appreciated from Kohl's, Wal-Mart, Visa cards, County Market, Shop N Save, etc.
Matthew Project Library: Level 1-4 reading books.
The Matthew Project is supported financially through donations. Checks should be made payable and mailed to:
The Matthew Project
622 South 8th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Downtown Springfield Rotary Club-Adopt a School Program
The Rotary Club provides valuable tutors and mentors for the students at Ridgely. Also, grant money is awarded on a yearly basis to the school for equipment, programs, etc. Mr. Gilmore, in turn, represents Ridgely Elementary by attending Rotary meetings. The "Real Rotarians Read" program brought a Rotarian to the upper grade classrooms to read to the students on a regular basis. Each student in the participating classrooms also received a copy of the book the Rotarian read with the class.
Fulgenzi's Pizza and Pasta
John and Sandy Fulgenzi, owners of Fulgenzi's Pizza and Pasta, generously support the efforts of Ridgely students. Each month they welcome approximately 14 "Students of the Month" to their restaurant and provide ice cream treats to recognize the extremely hard work of these students.
Kiwanis Club of Springfield
Ridgely Elementary is one of two elementary schools in Springfield that the Kiwanis Club has chosen to participate in their Terrific Kids program. Each month one student from each grade level is selected by the teachers to represent their classes. Several items are given to the students including a "Terrific Kids" t-shirt. A student must possess these characteristics: Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Influential, Friendly, Impeccable & Caring.