Kiawah Cares Welcomes Angel Oak Student for a Day at the Beach

Beach Day CollageKiawah 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!

Reading Partners Sends Their Gratitude

reading-partners-logo-homeAnother 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!

Your Generosity Changes Lives!

temp book stripThanks to your generous support, a portion of the funds raised at the Kiawah Cup Beach Horse Race will fund Begin with Books for the Johns and Wadmalaw island communities for one year. The $13,815 contribution to Begin With Books, made possible by Kiawah Cup attendees, will provide books to 881 children from Johns Island and 79 children from Wadmalaw Island from birth until five years old.

KN R's new book Jake croppedThis program allows families to create an in-home library and encourage reading to their children at an early age. Making books familiar and accessible is the first and best step toward overcoming the word and achievement gaps that diminish many children’s future chances of success.

Below is a word of thanks to the Kiawah community that we wanted to share.

Dear Kiawah Cares,

Thank you. Every child in every home on Johns and Wadmalaw islands has the opportunity to grow up with books, thanks to you. Every child has the opportunity to learn about something new, to learn about another language, to laugh over a rhyme, to memorize a story, to love an animal character.

Every child will take a stronger step into the future because of the residents of Kiawah who care so much.

For every book for every child, thank you              -Patty Bennett-Uffelman

 

YoArt! Is Teaching Students to Love Technology and Art

 

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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.

 

Kiawah Cares Sponsors Inspirational Movie Viewing for Haut Gap Girls

Photo by Ann Knechtel

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.’”

The Book of Love Was a Night to Remember!

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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.

Thank You for Funding Camp Ho Non Wah’s Hurricane Repairs

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.

Put the Focus Back on Learning With Adopt-A-Student

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 kiawahcares@kica.us or 843-768-9194 with any questions.

Sponsored Camp Children Send Their Gratitude

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Kiawah Cares sponsored attendance to Legare Farms summer camp for 10 Sea Island children. The children had a great time and sent a bundle of beautiful, colorful thank you cards. Here are some quotes that express these children’s gratitude:

“I love camp because it’s so fun and I love learning about the farm. Without your help, I wouldn’t be able to be here. I’m very thankful for you doing that for me.”

“Thank you for giving me a camp scholarship! I’ve had a really good time at camp. My favorite part was Bug Day, when we caught bugs.”

“Thank you for supporting Legare Farms and providing children with opportunities to attend the camp. My daughter has loved every minute of the camp. Thank you!”

“It is so fun in camp, it has been great. Thank you so much. We love it a lot. I like learning about the farm. I like the piglet and horses a lot. You are so nice.”

“I can see the animals I love, like horses, donkeys, pigs and cows. I love the arts and crafts and the lessons. Thank you so much for paying for me!”