Fostering Creativity and Innovation!
We are very excited to present our first ever Clever Kids Newsletter to our growing community! In the summer of 2016, we founded the The Clever Kids Foundation (CKF). with a mission of fostering creativity and innovation in elementary-school aged children, by providing unique learning opportunities to our kids and enabling them to share their talents and brighten the lives of people in the community.
In this Newsletter we want to update you about CKF’s successful launch and our programming impact, by sharing accounts of our work around the community. We also will share details of upcoming events!
Thanks to everyone who has already supported us in this journey. We welcome your feedback and suggestions and are looking forward to inspiring many Clever Kids in 2017!
Thanks for a great start.
David, Stephanie and Jessie
In this Newsletter
|Our Impact By the Numbers||The Magic of Collaboration – Educational Workshops|
|The Magic of Community – Fundraising Goal Surpassed!||Shop on Amazon and Help Clever Kids|
|The Magic of Giving Back – Volunteering!||Photographic Year in Review|
Our Impact By the Numbers
In just five short months, we’ve made a big impact! Thank you Clever Kids participants – let’s keep growing and make a difference for social good.
The Magic of Community – Fundraising Goal Surpassed!
“Thank you” to all the Clever Kids’ supporters for their time, commitment and contributions to making our 2016 Start-Up Campaign a success!
We set an initial fundraising goal for our 2016 Campaign of $10,000. In just five short months, we have exceeded that goal by more than 20%! This awesome accomplishment was made possible thanks to the efforts and generosity of you, our fabulous supporters, friends and family.
The Magic of Giving Back – Volunteering
Kids volunteering makes a difference – to the children and to the community. We held several volunteer events, which provided opportunities for kids to interact with members of our community and to understand the importance of service to others. The children loved sharing their talents and learned about giving back.
One parent claimed:
“Thank you for including us. Our child enjoyed herself and exclaimed, “I would volunteer every day!” I think what you guys are doing through Clever Kids is very special and a great way for kids to understand the benefits of volunteering. –Parent
We continue to work in partnership with the Jewish Volunteer Connection and others to create volunteer opportunities that will allow children to present and share their creativity with others. Clever Kids has put on multiple shows at local nursing homes, where participants sing, dance, play instruments, tell jokes, and otherwise engage with residents. These events are led by the kids and include a project where the children and residents work together, as well as a take-home activity book for residents designed by the children. We also recently held a workshop where students designed popsicle stick journal kits for themselves and also to donate to children at a local homeless shelter.
We are grateful for all our volunteers and look forward to many more exciting volunteer opportunities. We rely on volunteers to make the organization run and appreciate your willingness and interest in joining us for these events.
The Magic of Collaboration – Educational Workshops
The theme of our educational workshops this year was all about storytelling. Each workshop had a tribute to or element of storytelling. We aimed to inspire kids to explore different creative projects and opportunities. Our workshops included classes on exploring science, creative writing, and art with food. Many thanks to Eric Energy, Huppit Bartov Miller (afooda) and Richie Frieman. When surveying parents after our events about their child’s enjoyment of the workshop – 100% responded that their child was extremely satisfied with the event! Next year, we’ve partnered with the Baltimore Improv Group to hold an introduction to Improv for kids, planned a pottery workshop, and a volunteer event involving donations to a local animal shelter. Please continue to follow us on Facebook for more information about our upcoming educational workshops.
Shop on Amazon.com and help Clever Kids
Did you know that when you shop @AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to Clever Kids Foundation?
The AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charity of your choice. Clever Kids can now be your charity! Use the Amazon Smiles link or search for and select the Clever Kids Foundation and each time you go to Amazon Smile to shop a portion of the proceeds go to Clever Kids! Once you use it, Amazon will remind you with a pop up during future shopping trips.
Photographic Year in Review
2016 July – Tudor Heights Assisted Living Volunteer Event
“I wanted to thank you again. Your crew was fun, upbeat, and well prepared. I can tell the residents loved it.” –G. Milner
2016 September – Levindale Volunteer Event
“It was a great event, and the residents really enjoyed seeing the children and witnessing their creativity/energy. The residents absolutely loved it! Thanks for everything. I’m looking forward to future events.” –M. Talley
2016 October – Clever Kids Science Creative Fun Workshop
“Thanks for such a fun event! It was awesome!” — Parent
2016 October – Clever Kids Sarah’s Hope at Hannah More Volunteer Project
“Thank you for sharing such a meaningful lesson and fun opportunity to give back! The feedback I received from my happy participant was wonderful!” –Parent
“You’re all AMAZING!!!! Thank you on behalf of JVC and our fabulous partners, Sarah’s Hope, who I know are so incredibly gracious for your support in these donations as well as awareness of homelessness, hunger and the power of kindness. JVC Baltimore is so fortunate to work with Clever Kids and our partners!!!!” –E. Bloom
November 2016 – Clever Kids Storytelling Creative Workshop
“Had a blast!” –Parent
11/27/16 2016 Nov – North Oaks Kids Volunteering
“What a wonderful caring thing to do for the residents. My mom LOVED it! Thank you!” –Parent
12/8/16 Clever Kids Studio: Art on a Plate Workshop
“I had such a great time! The kids’ creativity was so AMAZING…” –Parent
The Clever Kids Foundation (CKF) has a mission of fostering creativity and innovation in elementary-school aged children, enabling them to share their talents and brighten the lives of people in the community.
We hope you’ll take some time to view our website: www.cleverkidsfoundation.org, where you can find additional information about our organization and upcoming activities. Please “Like” us and follow us on our Facebook page:
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