Almost 20 percent of children in St. Clair County live in poverty (datausa.io). Parents are expected to spend up to $890 to get their children ready for back to school (statista.com). These numbers are foreboding as some parents try to balance how to pay utilities, rent, and other household bills and, at the same time, buy supplies for their school-age children.
To help ease the added strain on parents’/guardians’ pocketbooks, Chestnut Health Systems™ MetroLink team is partnering with St. Clair County Transit District to host a back-to-school event.
Anyone who needs back-to-school supplies can stop by between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10 at the Belleville MetroLink station (718 Scheel Street).
During the event, Chestnut staff will give away back-to-school supplies and the Chestnut mobile health unit will provide back- to-school physicals.
If your child needs a physical, call (618) 512-1863 to schedule an appointment to help shorten the wait time. However, an appointment is not required. Chestnut health navigators will also be available to discuss Chestnut Family Health Center services and answer basic health-related questions.
And for those who want to donate notebooks, pencils, crayons, glue, glue sticks, book bags, and folders prior to the event can drop items off at any of these locations:
- Chestnut Health Systems
- 50 Northgate Industrial, Granite City
- 12 64th St., Belleville
- 2148 Vadalabene, Maryville
- Carrollton Bank 1575 N Green Mount Road, O’Fallon
- Caseyville VFW 415 N Long. Caseyville
- Collinsville Police Department 200 W Clay, Collinsville
- Fairview Heights Police Department 10027 Bunkum, Fairview Heights
- Troy Fire Department 116 W Clay, Troy
- O’Fallon VFW 221 W 1st, O’Fallon
- Scott VFW Post 4183 1516 Old State Route 158, Belleville
- Swansea Police Department 1400 North Illinois, Swansea
The Chestnut MetroLink team specializes in behavioral health and works alongside Metro Transit security personnel to provide behavioral health resources and assistance to individuals who may be impacted by mental health and/or substance use issues. Chestnut Health Systems is a non-profit organization that has cared since 1973 for persons needing behavioral health services, including substance use disorder treatment, mental health counseling, primary health care, and housing and supportive services. It is a leader in substance use-related research. More at www.chestnut.org.