We’re celebrating the beginning of our 10th year with I Think I Can Foundation, and we feel as if we’re just getting started. Food distribution is going well, which includes daily use of pantries at each school and holiday shopping for students and their families. The requests for clothing of all sizes has continued, OTC medications dispensed, hygiene items distributed, and help is occasionally  provided for medical needs.

And now, we’ve decided we’d like to see if we can help in the academic arena. Due to requests that we received the past couple of years, we realize that there are students who are denied access to academia beyond the usual classroom due to lack of financial means. This doesn’t fit with our mission of wanting to “level the playing field.” We all know a complete education encompasses aspects outside of the classroom. Opportunities for growth come in all forms and some of them cost money – not all students have the means for a positive exposure that might lead to a career they have always wanted. 

 We have established a separate fund that we have labeled for “Academic Endeavors.” This will include requests for in- school or after-school academics such as music or art classes, seminars, camps, or university programs. It will include the cost of fees, supplies, or even tuition. Guidelines have been established and the request will come from school personnel. We are also establishing up to a $1,000 scholarship for a high school graduate to be used toward further education at a trade or tech school, a two or four year college or even the cost for a mentoring program. Guidelines have been established as well and an application that must be completed by the student. The nominee will be named by the school.

 Those who donate to ITIC will have the opportunity to request where their donation is placed – in either the general fund for food, clothing, etc., or in the newly established “academic fund.” It is our goal to help children in all aspects of their education.


We were the recent recipients of a donation from Truman State University as part of their Homecoming celebration. The funds were raised by students during Homecoming week with the goal to “give back to the community” and they felt one aspect of the Kirksville community was the school district itself. In November, some of the students will host a “Fun Pajama Jama Nite” for students at our Ray Miller Elementary School where Kirksville students will enjoy interaction with Truman students while all enjoy pancakes and games. Truman has been a big supporter of the I Think I Can Foundation,  resulting in positive responses from the schools and the community.


2018 donation of  $5,000 from our friends at Kirksville Motor Company! We appreciate all of your help!


Another $5,000 donation from our good friends at Kirksville Motor Company! Thank you so much.


$5,000 donation from Kirksville Motor Company!!



From left to right:  Laurie Leslie, Trevor Mills, Mary Nay, Suzie Stremel, Jerry Stremel, Troy VanRie and Wayne Blackman



2018-2019 Newsletter

The I Think I Can Foundation is about to begin it’s 10th year working with the Kirksville Schools and the community of Kirksville, Missouri.  When we started this endeavor we had no idea what we were doing and it probably showed.  With your help over the years, we have been able to provide basic needs and opportunities to many of the students in the Kirksville R-III School District.  We believe it has made a difference — a positive difference.  And, we’re again asking for your support to continue.

“It’s easier to build strong children than it is to repair strong men.”
Frederick Douglas



When we ?rst realized that kids were hungry in our Kirksville schools—it didn’t seem possible and it certainly wasn’t acceptable.  We gathered, got legalized, got organized and began to feed as many as we were asked from K-through 5th for the holiday breaks.  With the help of some volunteers, we delivered bags of food to children and their families. 


It wasn’t long before we understood that basic needs included clothing, hygiene items, OTC medication, physician visits, eye glasses, etc.  We provided assistance or found someone who could.  We realized kids were still dealing with nothing to eat after school on a daily basis.  And, what about weekends?  We had, by now, added the Middle School and the High School to our lists.  We set up pantries at each school and with their help, food was discreetly placed in assigned student’s backpacks at the end of the day.  For the holidays, we had the parents come to the school to pick up bags of groceries.  However, there still seemed to be a “glitch.”


Appreciative as everyone was, a lot of the food was just not being used.  We were assuming the children and the families “liked” the food that we bought, that they “knew” how to prepare it, that they even had appliances to “cook” with.  With the cooperation of our local grocery stores, we worked out a method whereby families could choose what they wanted to eat, choose what they knew how to prepare, and choose those items that would meet their needs.  They could not purchase alcohol or cigarettes, they could only purchase food items and they were limited to the amount they could spend.  I Think I Can Foundation picked up the tab and it ?nally seemed to work well!!


It’s been a good ten years—a learning experience for the board, and we hope to continue to learn.  We will try to meet the needs as they are presented to us.  We, of course, could do none of this if it weren’t for the community and we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received over the years—we will continue as long as we can, though we really wish there was no need for us at all!!!


We are, again, reevaluating the progress of the foundation and are starting a new program that will work separately from our original fund.  We want to address “leveling the playing ?eld” when it comes to ACADEMICS! Students who want to succeed and realize the importance of a good education should not be denied access because of ?nancial need— we want to try to help.  One area of interest will be academic endeavors outside of the Kirksville district—camps, classes, or seminars.  We will also be available to help with extra-curricular or required academic activity at the Kirksville schools.  Guidelines have been established and the nominees will be named by the schools.

We are also allowing up to a $1000.00 scholarship to a Kirksville high school student upon graduation.  This scholarship could be used to further their education at a trade school, tech school, 2 or 4 year college, or a mentoring program.  This scholarship will also require guidelines and completion of an application.


Western’s Meat Market

Kirksville Motors

Young Image Optical

International Eye Care

Wilbert Stock



J.C. Penney

Payless Shoe Store

J.D. Smiser

Doug Stremel

Mary Vittetoe

Kirksville Dental Group

Kelly Furniture

Lyle Anderson

Domino’s Pizza

Pizza Hut

Papa John’s

U.S. Bank

A.T. Still

Optimists Club

Thousand Hills Rotary Club

Quota Club

First Christian Church 

First Methodist Church 

Mary Immaculate Church 

Truman State University

Kirksville Vocational-Tech School Kirksville R-III Students

Calumet Valley Orchard

Though we are not listing 

Monetary donors, we 

Are just as grateful!!

Our deepest apology to any  One we might have missed!



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