Jan 30

BAYER FUND GRANTS $25,000 TO LEGAL SERVICES OF EASTERN MISSOURI

Funding for expansion of legal advocacy for children’s educational needs

ST. LOUIS –Bayer Fund has made a one-year grant of $25,000 to Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s Children’s Legal Alliance to fund important educational advocacy work for low-income children, with an emphasis on serving children enrolled in schools in north St. Louis County.

This generous grant from Bayer Fund will support attorneys who work closely with families who have children at risk of failure in school because of lack of access to special educational needs and/or individual education plans.

Each year, the Children’s Legal Alliance serves more than 200 families with children struggling in school because of lack of access to special educational services. The program also represents children at high risk of suspension and/or unfair discipline and helps educate parents so they can become more effective advocates for their own child’s educational rights.

Additional information about the work of the Children’s Legal Alliance can be found at:www.lsem.org/childrens-legal-alliance-program/

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About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 64 years. In 2018, 30,000 people in

21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.

About Bayer Fund: The mission of Bayer Fund is to make philanthropic investments that contribute to the quality of life in the areas of food and nutrition security, STEM education, health and wellness and community development. Our primary focus is to assist families in under-resourced and rural communities where our customers and employees live and work. Learn more about Bayer Fund at https://www.fund.bayer.us/