By TIM ROWDEN
St. Louis Emerging Labor Leaders’ (StELL) third annual “Kick Start to School” Kickball Tournament Aug. 7 at Tilles Park raised $1,500 to purchase school supplies for the St. Louis Crisis Nursery.
The Nursery works to prevent child abuse and neglect and provides emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis.
“It was a very good time for a good cause,” StELL President Gordon Smith Jr., a member of CWA Local 6300, said. “We were able to raise a little more than we did last year and everybody had a great time.”
About 100 people turned out for the event, which was co-sponsored by the Missouri AFL-CIO, the Greater St. Louis Labor Council, CWA Local 6300, CWA City Council, Gasworkers Local 11-6, Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, Nett Worth Financial Group and Bobby’s Place restaurant which has participated every year and provided prizes and raffle items.
Smith said the proceeds were used to purchase school supplies including backpacks, pencils, folders, crayons, notebooks, glue sticks, erasers, scissors, protractors, colored pencils, markers and snacks.
StELL is a group of young and newer union members working together to educate, empower and mobilize the next generation of labor leaders. The group recently hosted a job fair for those interested in getting into a union trade in Ferguson and is planning another career event in October.
For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page or contact Smith at 314-593-5513 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.