Making Rhode Island public schools great for every child!

The NEARI Children's Fund

Education professionals spend their lives with children, stimulating their minds, freeing their spirits, serving their needs - reaching out to children in a million ways, day-to-day, year-by-year.

Often these professionals are the first to see special situations, when a student's basic needs are not being met.

The NEARI Executive Committee established the Children's Fund in 1985 to answer these needs. Supported by donations, the Fund makes money available to NEARI members who might otherwise reach into their own pockets to take care of needy students. Any member of the organization may apply for anonymous financial assistance to help students in these special situations.

There is no administrative fee - every penny of donation goes directly to children attending Rhode Island public schools.

It's about restoring hope and giving struggling students a chance to succeed in school...and life.

Children's Fund Programs

During the holiday season, the Gingerbread Express links anonymous donors with needy students. More than 1,500 children had a happy holiday in 2013, thanks to you! See photos here.

Plan to add the Children's Fund road race to your fall activities. November 1 is the date Runners take off at the starting line, near the beach at Goddard Park.for the ninth annual NEARI 5K Run/1 Mile Walk to benefit the NEARI Children’s Fund. With the help of participants, and business and individual sponsors, thousands of doallars are raised each year for needy students across the state. Register soon and save!

Thank you for a successful NEARI Children's Fund 23rd Annual Golf Classic. Golfers and sponsors raised a record $13,650. And, mark July 16 on your calendar for the 2015 tournament!

Anyone can donate at any time to the Children's Fund. Donations also may be made in memory of a loved one. Call Val Staples at 401-463-9630 or email



Donate now to the NEARI Children’s Fund – it’s fast and easy!

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