Blog Post

Maritz Gives to 15 Worthy Organizations

December 11, 2015

With a focus on supporting education-based organizations, the Maritz Corporate Giving Council identified 15 non-profit, education-based organizations to receiving funding for the third quarter, totaling $130,000. In addition to financial support, our non-profit partners will benefit from the time and expertise of Maritz employees.

Read more on each organization and how they will use the grant money toward education endeavors and the impact these endeavors will have on the St. Louis community.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA)
St. Louis City Prevention First (PF-City) Program – provides educational programming for K-12 students that develops learning resiliency, relationship, and leadership skills; reinforces positive connections among students, peers, schools and communities; and forms healthy informed attitudes and behaviors with respect to alcohol and other drugs.
Impact: 5,000 youth in the St. Louis Region with national affiliation.

Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis, Inc.
Project Learn – a comprehensive education enrichment program that promotes continuous learning throughout the Club. It reinforces achievement through daily homework help, tutoring, Stride Academy educational software, engaging high-yield learning activities, recognition and incentives for youth ages 6-18. The overall purpose is to help youth develop self-directed learning skills, become confident learners, increase school engagement and academic success, and develop habits that promote learning.
Impact: 704 students in the Greater St. Louis Area with national affiliation.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Missourians Doing Impact Research Together (MO DIRT) Citizen Science Project - Missouri citizens, including K-12 students, will participate in a research project studying the effects of climate change and drought on crop plants to model and predict more accurately what is required for agricultural resilience in the future, as well as to increase the state’s research competitiveness at the federal level.
Impact: 6,000 K-12 students, teachers, and administrators as well as volunteer citizen scientists throughout the St. Louis region.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital
In-Hospital School Program, providing patients/families with a positive organized way to maintain the normalcy of school while receiving treatment. A classroom is fully equipped and has dedicated teachers who serve as liaisons to the patient’s schools so they can successfully transition back to their home school when they leave the hospital.
Impact: 1,500+ patients served annually (K-12) in the St. Louis Region, including national and international patients.

St. Louis Science Center Foundation
St. Louis FIRST Robotics Program – combines the excitement and teamwork of a competition with the higher order thinking skills of engineering. Students all over the world build robots that can complete a specific challenge, then compete in local, regional, and international events. Impact: 5,500 students in the St. Louis Region, plus served 75,000 students through regional and world competitions in 2014.

Aim High St. Louis
Academic and personal enrichment program for motivated middle school students from high-risk environments. The four-year program targets middle school population, reaching students the summer before their 6th grade year, and provides a personal support system over the next four years while they’re in middle school. The program strengthens student character, self-confidence, determination, and initiative.
Impact: 380 economically disadvantaged students in the Greater St. Louis Area.

De La Salle, Inc. 
Graduate Support Program – a collaborative between seven inner city schools with minority student population of low-socio-economic status. The program is designed to address the specific neighborhood and national issues of this target audience, including high dropout rates in high school, low school performance in high school, and low college enrollment and completion rates.
Impact: 1,300 minority and low socio-economic students in North St. Louis.

KIPP St. Louis
Blended Learning Program, an innovative data-driven approach to teaching, providing individualized instruction for students in mathematics, reading/ language arts, and special education, which effectively uses technology to enhance traditional classroom instruction. The program helps to bridge the gap by encouraging self-pacing and differentiated lesson planning, based on skill mastery, in order to meet each student’s individual needs.
Impact: 435 students in the Greater St. Louis Area.

Academy of Science of St. Louis
Teen STEM Careers Program - a unique series of free, accessible programs offered to middle school students. STEM professionals volunteer to lead hands-on, interactive educational sessions with students to demonstrate the rewards, interesting science, and impact their life’s work has on the world.
Impact: 1,100 students in the Greater St. Louis Area.

Operation Food Search (new grantee)
Nutrition Education Program – educating low-income children and their parents or caregiver on the basics of healthy eating, cooking skills and good budgeting.
Impact: 1,700 children and their parent or caregivers in the Greater St. Louis Area and Region.

Ready Readers (new grantee)
Gift Book Program – with the purpose of giving new, high-quality, personalized books to preschool-aged children and their teachers so that the children can build their home libraries while the teachers can build their classroom libraries with resources, activities and curriculum plan to teach emergent literacy.
Impact: 10,000 children/500 teachers in the Greater St. Louis Area.

Logos School (new grantee)
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) Program Technology Center - will provide hands-on, interactive learning for struggling students. Not only will the center address individual learning styles, such as interactive reading programs combined with noise-cancelling headphones for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but it also will provide technology on the same level as area high schools that enable students to develop the same creative solutions fueled by critical thinking, communication and problem-solving as students in traditional classroom.
Impact: 150 at risk and disadvantaged students with serious mental, emotional and behavioral challenges in the St. Louis Region.

City Academy, Inc.
Alumni Support Program – to foster growth and success of graduates academically, socially and beyond. The three-tiered program contains components of transition, leadership and college readiness, beginning in fifth grade as students prepare for transition into secondary school and includes a partnership with Washington University in St. Louis called Strive for College.
Impact: 500 (185 scholars and alumni + their families) in the Greater St. Louis Area.

Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School
Schoolwide STEM Education Program – students and faculty participate in various STEM programming, integrate technology into the classroom and cross curriculum, and implement a robotics program to the entire high school body.
Impact: 270 students in the Greater St. Louis Area.

Contemporary Art Museum
St. Louis Free Education Program targeting students attending St. Louis Public Schools, including Professional Development for art teachers, ArtReach workshops, and AP Portfolio Day (Advance Placement college-level course) for teens to share their work in one-on-one reviews with art professors and respected artists.
Impact: 400 students and teachers in the Greater St. Louis Area.