Some St. Louis family attractions are re-opening with limited capacity and enhanced safety protocols for visitors and staff. Read more about family attraction re-openings and safety guidelines here. We invite our readers to enjoy virtual events and socially distanced events highlighted in our Things To Do calendar. Public health experts recommend that when you go out, follow public health guidelines: wear masks (required in St. Louis City and County), practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently. To learn why social distancing is important and effective in lessening the spread of COVID-19, hear from Dr. Alexis Elward, Chief Medical Officer at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Sneakers with Soul Helps Kids Go Back to School with New Shoes

Back to school shopping is an exciting annual ritual for kids of all grades – filling supply lists, getting new backpacks, clothes and shoes. However, many area children are lucky if they can even afford the pencils and paper they need, much less anything extra. According to national census data, one in four people living in the city of St. Louis are living below the national poverty line, which is nearly 10 percentage points higher than the national average (24.9 percent vs. 14.7 percent).

That's why, in 2010, a congregation member at Manchester United Methodist Church named Maurice Parisien came up with the idea for a program called Sneakers with Soul. "It was my vision to create a service ministry that would raise donations of new sneakers to put on the feet of kids in need as they begin their new school year," he says.

Now in its eighth year, Sneakers with Soul has donated more than 12,000 pairs of new sneakers and athletic footwear to kids in need throughout the St. Louis area since it began. The goal for 2017 is to raise cash and new sneaker donations to be able to place new sneakers on the feet of 2,500 children in the city of St. Louis through Kingdom House and Guardian Angel Settlement Association, and Operation Food Search. The ultimate mission of Sneakers with Soul is to ensure that one day no child will go back to school without a new pair of sneakers.

Now through August 6, 2017, Sneakers with Soul will be collecting donations of new sneakers and athletic footwear at Manchester United Methodist Church, located at 129 Woods Mill Rd. in Manchester, Mo. Donations can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays or at any church service before August 6. In addition to new sneaker donations, the church is also accepting financial donations for Sneakers with Soul online at manchesterumc.org/sneakers. For donation questions, call 636-394-5706 or email missions@manchesterumc.org.

To make shopping easy and affordable, the Adidas Outlet Store located in the St. Louis Premium Outlets in Chesterfield Valley has partnered with Sneakers with Soul to provide special discounts on top of their ongoing promotions to shoppers who are purchasing Adidas sneakers for Sneakers with Soul. Shoppers can save even more by shopping during Missouri's Sales Tax Holiday weekend, August 4 through 6.

KidSmart, another area charity with a back-to-school focus will kick off its annual Push for Pencils in August, the largest school supply drive of its kind in Missouri. Each year, 500,000 essential school supplies are collected and directly distributed to thousands of local children in need through the KidSmart Free Educational Supply Store. Since opening in 2002, KidSmart has distributed more than $30 million worth of free school supplies and educational materials to more than 100,000 St. Louis children in need. For information on how to help, visit kidsmartpushforpencils.org. 

 

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Amy Burger is a mom, freelance writer and communications professional with nearly 20 years experience working in St. Louis. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and media outlets including STL Parent, Missouri Life magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Town & Style and kdhx.org, among others. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful girls at home in Kirkwood.

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Enjoy the Saint Louis Zoo online! Zoom with Saint Louis Zoo educators is a live, free presentation that allows families to learn more about animals and how amazing they are. Themes vary, and registration in advance is required. After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email letting you know how to join. 

If you can't join the live presentation, the recordings are available on the zoo's web site at stlzoo.org/STLZOOms

 

 

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Teaching in Room 9 from The Nine Network

The Nine Network is producing two hours of literacy and math instruction for prekindergarten through fourth grade weekdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The grade-appropriate instruction is taught by local educators at home, and is available on your St. Louis PBS station, channel 9. 

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Purina Farms is bringing the best of the farm to your home every week! You can virtually explore Purina Farms through videos featuring the animals, dog trainers and others who work there, as well as the pets who work and play at Purina Farms every day. Each day of the week features videos on a variety of topics including animal connections, training tips and responsible pet care advice for kids. 

 

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The Magic House is bringing innovative, hands-on learning to you at home with its #MagicAtHome series of interactive, instructional online presentations. The Magic At Home series of activities includes lots of fun projects that you can make at home with common materials. The easy-to-follow directions mean your kids can make paper sculpture, do shaving cream marble painting, create make-your-own flowers, go "fishin," make TP roll animals, make salad spin art and more.

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The Science Louis Science Center is continuing to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning through its online Science @ Home series! Visit the Science Center's web site or social media channels for DIY science experiments that can be done at home, Amazing Science Demonstrations from the Science Center's Energy Stage team, connections to local scientists, astronomy updates from the McDonnell Planetarium, live chats and more. Content is designed for all ages. 

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