Our Student Assistance programs are based on the understanding that children cannot learn if they are cold or hungry or cannot see the “blackboard.”
COVID-19 Relief Fund: The Mary Lyon Foundation stands ready—as we always have been—to support our schools, students and families during challenging times. To continue doing so in this time of unprecedented need resulting from the pandemic, we need your support. The Mary Lyon Foundation has created a COVID-19 Relief Fund. Please give generously if you can. Learn more here.
Student Assistance Fund
Any child in need residing in the Mary Lyon Foundation service area is eligible for financial assistance for medical care and basic necessities such as eyeglasses, food, prescriptions or clothing. Funding is made possible in part by a grant from the United Way of Franklin County, school district payroll deductions, and the Gerry family. Harper Gerry Student Assistance Fund Form
Guardian Angel Fund
The Guardian Angel Fund was recently launched to provide support for children and their families who find themselves in difficult circumstances. For more information about this fund, please contact us.
Warm the Children
Every September for the past several years, the Recorder newspaper’s partnership with Warm the Children has provided winter coats, snow pants, sweatshirts, and hats and mittens for dozens of children in need.
Books, Backpacks, and More
Through our partnership with the United Way of Franklin County, the Women’s Way affiliate group annually donates “Blooming Backpacks” filled with supplies at the beginning of the school year and dozens of bags of groceries providing “Supper for Six” during February school vacation. Anonymous donors have also provided Christmas Trees; the Betty Allen Chapter of the NSDAR has donated warm hats, scarves and mittens; and local businesses’ donations to the United Way have helped us host a “Wrap it Up” event with books and toys for holiday giving.
Banner image description: The United Way’s Women’s Way Blooming Backpacks Event, with backpacks ready for delivery before school starts.