Republic Care to Learn boosted by Care to Wear

If you ever visit the campus of one of the schools in Republic on the third Wednesday of the month, you will notice several teachers, staff members and students wearing T-shirts, sweat shirts, hoodies, cardigans, polos or pullovers emblazoned with the Care to Learn – Republic logo on them.
The third Wednesday of every month during the school year has been designated Care to Wear Day in the Republic R-3 School District. On this day, people are invited to wear their Care to Learn shirts along with a pair of blue jeans to show their support for Care to Learn – Republic, an organization which works to help students who have hunger, health or hygiene needs, including Tiger Totes (the weekend food backpack program), doctors appointments, eyeglasses and exams, dental care, hearing aids and clothing items.
Care to Learn apparel was sold online through Cracker Jack Shack in August, and the first Care to Learn Day was on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Community members who wanted to support Care to Learn by wearing their special apparel on Care to Wear Day purchased about 170 clothing items in August, raising $900 for the organization.
Josey McPhail, director of communications for the district, said the group’s apparel is for sale again, as a number of people have asked for another chance to purchase the items.
“After the first Care to Wear Day on Sept. 18,” she said, “several community members reached out indicating they had missed out on the first round and were interested in participating, so we decided to open the opportunity up again.”
McPhail added there is a large variety of clothing items available.
“There’s something for everyone,” she said. “Both youth and adult sizes are available. Casual T-shirts and sweatshirts are an option, as well as more professional shirts for work. All have the Care to Learn Republic logo on them so that those wearing the gear on the third Wednesday of each month can together create awareness of this important cause.”
The sale of the apparel is not only limited to students and employees of the district. McPhail said anyone can purchase Care to Learn shirts, and by wearing them on Care to Wear Days, they can show their support for Republic students.
“Not only is this a fundraiser for Care to Learn Republic, which meets health, hunger and hygiene needs of Republic students,” she said, “but it is a way for the Republic community to come together and show their support and create awareness of this important cause.”
Care to Wear apparel is available for sale through the Cracker Jack Shack until Friday, Oct. 4, at 9 a.m. To make a purchase, go online to The next Care to Wear Day is Wednesday, Oct. 16.



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