We can’t say thank you enough!
You made Kiawah Giving Month a huge success! We raised 118% of our goal amount: $41,305.20 in total. In addition, the Kiawah Cares Foundation matched the first $20,000 dollars in donations. Our incredible overall total was $61,305.20, all going to help meet needs on the Sea Islands.
Kiawah Cares Foundation Board Treasurer Liz Burwell and Secretary Ian Freeman presented checks to the Community Home Improvement Program (CHIP Ministry) of Johns Island Presbyterian Church and Communities In Schools (CIS). Read more about CIS’ impact in the following article.
CIS will apply the funds toward student support specialist positions at St. John’s High School and Angel Oak Elementary. CHIP Ministry will use their funds to complete repairs to the homes of Sea Island seniors.
Once again, thank you to our members for caring so much about our island neighbors!
Kiawah Cares once again sponsored Angel Oak Elementary School’s fifth grade trip to the Barrier Islands camp on Seabrook Island, ensuring that all eligible students were able to attend regardless of financial constraints. The kids had a great time learning about the ecosystem of the barrier islands.
The pictures below include some of the students at camp and some of their beautiful thank you cards.
Kiawah Cares volunteers were so excited to welcome students from Angel Oak Elementary School for the 2017 Youth Beach Day.
The students worked hard all year, excelling in the Million Minutes program and then forming their own book club. As a reward for their diligence, Kiawah Cares invited them out to Kiawah’s beautiful beach.
The students played in the water, flew kites and learned about sea life before enjoying a buffet lunch at Night Heron Park, courtesy of the Kiawah Women’s Group.
Afterward, the students got to meet some local wildlife, including a snake and baby alligator, and learn from KICA biologists.
Kiawah Cares’ Youth Beach Day is an annual event which groups local students with Kiawah Island volunteers, offering them a day of learning and recreation.
Thank you to the Kiawah Women’s Foundation for coordinating and providing a delicious lunch for students and volunteers. Another big thank you goes out to all our wonderful Kiawah Cares volunteers, who act as one-on-one chaperones during this event and keep making each year a special day for these students.
See you next year at Youth Beach Day!
Another incredible program funded by the Kiawah Cup is Reading Partners’ For the Love of Reading program, which helps under-resourced students have the same summer reading advantages as higher-income students. This grant will cover 92 percent of students enrolled in this program at Angel Oak and Frierson elementary schools.
As Executive Director Karen Greenho states in her letter (view letter from Reading Partners’ Karen Greenho), “Literacy is the foundation for all future learning.” It’s also one of Kiawah Cares’s most important initiatives on the Sea Islands.
Thank you for making this support possible!
Take a trip down to the main library (68 Calhoun St, Charleston) from May 1 – June 11 for a look at the beautiful art created by local students.
Kiawah Cares annually supports the YoArt! program in Angel Oak Elementary, which teaches students to use technology and make presentations through art.
The Kiawah Island Photography Club host YoArt! students at Night Heron Park annually, helping the students to take beautiful nature shots in the island environment.
YoArt! Coding Course at Frierson and Mt. Zion elementary schools
If you think kids should be learning to use technology as soon as they can, look no further than the Kiawah Cares-sponsored coding classes at Mt. Zion on Johns Island and Frierson on Wadmalaw Island. These elementary students are engaged using HTML and CSS – the basics of web design.
Check out the video below of a class to see how YoArt! brings technology into classrooms.
Photo by Ann Knechtel.
Kiawah Cares was excited to be able to sponsor 120 Haut Gap students to see the movie Hidden Figures and listen to a talk by Yolonda Zanders-Brown, a Charleston native and local space and naval engineer.
The inspirational film served as a reminder to the 120 girls of their outstanding potential. Read more in the Island Connection’s Feb. 23 article, “Haut Gap Students Learn About ‘Girl Power.’”
Raising awareness and spirits was all in a night’s work for student musicians from Haut Gap Middle School at the Book of Love fundraiser on Monday, Feb. 13. With proceeds benefiting Communities In Schools, the room was filled with educators and philanthropists alike, including Angel Oak Principal, Dr. Michael Griggs and CIS Executive Director, Jane Riley-Gambrell. Attendees experienced a journey through musical time, complete with musical performances by local musicians Lindsay Holler, Sam Sfirri and Greg Winkler.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support Communities In Schools during this wonderful event.
Kiawah Cares members gave generously to the Wadmalaw Island Boy Scout damaged by Hurricane Matthew. While Kiawah Cares hoped to raise half the $10,000 needed to fund repairs, you gave an incredible $11,895 to rebuild this treasured location.
A special thanks goes out to the Friday Walkers, who made a gift for this campaign from their annual two-day Ryder Cup golf event. The Friday Walkers have been active in the area’s charitable community for 18 years.
You can help make learning the primary focus this school year by participating in the Adopt-a-Student annual uniform drive.
Entering its fourth year, this partnership with the Kiawah Women’s Group, aims to clothe and feed students at Angel Oak and E.L. Frierson Elementary schools. Poorly fitting or improper clothing often creates a distracting environment for young learners, making it hard to keep their focus on schoolwork.
Your $200 donation will ensure a student has school uniforms and supplies, while supporting the Kiawah Women’s Foundation’s partner program, backpack buddies. Backpack buddies focuses on meeting the nutritional needs of children who may not get enough to eat over the weekend. More than any other issue, hunger adversely affects students, causing not only distraction but detrimental nutrition deficiencies.
To Adopt-A-Student program, please mail two checks (one check made payable to Kiawah Cares Foundation and one to our partner Kiawah Women’s Foundation) for $100 each to Kiawah Cares, c/o Carla Howard, 23 Beachwalker Drive, Kiawah Island, 29455. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-768-9194 with any questions.