The Kids In Need Foundation Announces Winners of National #HowMuch Teacher Story Contest with JOANN - Kids in Need Foundation

The Kids In Need Foundation Announces Winners of National #HowMuch Teacher Story Contest with JOANN

The #HowMuch Teacher Story Contest celebrates Kids In Need Foundation reaching the milestone of donating $1 Billion in school supplies and #HowMuch impact those supplies have in the lives of teachers and students.

MINNEAPOLIS – May 18, 2018 – The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a non-profit dedicated to providing free school supplies nationally to students and teachers who need them most, has reached the milestone of donating $1 Billion in school supplies, and to celebrate, the Foundation partnered with JOANN for the #HowMuch Teacher Story Contest. Teachers were asked to provide stories to illustrate how much school supplies they received from Kids In Need Foundation mean to their students. The teachers articulated examples of how the school supplies helped their students learn and thrive both inside and outside of the classroom.

The Grand-Prize winner is Elizabeth Ormsby, a high school teacher at Johnson Senior High School in St. Paul, MN. The First Place winners are:

  • Brett Bigham from Portland Public Schools in Portland, OR.
  • Christy Rivers from Shepton High School in Plano, TX.
  • Ava Robinson with Riviera Elementary in Palm Bay, FL.

The grand-prize winner will receive two tickets to the Kids In Need Foundation Night Of A Billion Stars Gala in Minneapolis, MN on June 6, as well as $500 worth of school supplies. Each of the three additional winners will receive $500 worth of school supplies.

Every qualified entrant to the contest received a $10 gift card to JOANN. As a longtime partner, JOANN has provided more than $200 million in product and funding to Kids In Need Foundation.

“We’re proud to be a longtime partner of Kids In Need Foundation, and together we’ve supported teachers and students across the nation for more than 15 years,” said Steve Miler, SVP of Marketing and Omni-channel, JOANN Stores. “Our mission at JOANN is to inspire creativity in everyone, and supplying the materials children need to learn is important to achieve that mission. We’ve seen countless stories of teachers finding creative ways to help students succeed through this program, and we’re glad to have helped reach this $1 billion giving milestone.”

The Kids In Need Foundation operates four programs to distribute school supplies to teachers and students. These include a national network of 41 resource centers where teachers shop for free supplies, a Second Responder® program that provides school supplies to students impacted by natural disasters, a School Ready Supplies program that provides filled backpacks and bulk supplies to students, and a Teacher Supply Box program that provides successful applicants with boxes of essential supplies.

The Foundation has distributed more than one billion dollars in supplies to children who would otherwise go without, providing tools for success in school and in life. In 2017 alone, Kids In Need Foundation supported 6.2 million kids and more than 200,000 teachers across the country.

“We want to congratulate the winners of our #HowMuch contest, and thank teachers for all they do each day to help students reach their full potential,’” said Dave Smith, executive director of The Kids In Need Foundation. “When teachers and students have the right tools, they are able to accomplish great things, and our Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that more students have the basic supplies they need to learn.”

About The Kids In Need Foundation

The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995, has distributed one billion in school supplies, directly benefiting 6.2 million students and 200,000 teachers annually. For more information, visit, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @KidsInNeed

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