The Learning Child (TLC) is a Mercy Foundation committee of concerned volunteers who believe every child should begin each school year ready to learn. Not having pencils, paper, and other required items is not only humiliating for these children, but prevents them from participating fully in the learning experience.
Back-to-school time can be a particularly stressful time for families with limited financial resources. School-related needs often stretch an already tight budget. The goal of the TLC program is to make the transition a little easier for thousands of local families and students.
Each year the TLC Committee spearheads "The Learning Child: From Head-to-Toe and Back-to-School" fundraising campaign with assistance and support of community members and local agencies. Each autumn, hundreds of disenfranchised children (grades K-8) are sent to school ready to learn, with backpacks, school supplies, and shoes provided by the TLC Committee.
The Learning Child Committee
Angie Tustin, Chairperson
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