2016 December Clever Kids Newsletter

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2016 Newsletter

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.

Sincerely,
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.

2016 Clever Kids Accomplishments by the Numbers


 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


20160918 Clever Kids Levindale Volunteer

20160918 Clever Kids Levindale Volunteer

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 


20161006 CKF Eric Energy Science Fun

20161006 Clever Kids Eric Energy Science Fun

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.

There are a variety of ways that you can support the Clever Kids Foundation. You can support us in a way that works best for you. Please consider making a one-timemonthly, or annual gift online.


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

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20160724 Clever Kids Tudor Volunteer Event

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

20160918 Levindale Kids Volunteer Event

20160918 Levindale Kids Volunteer Event

2016 October – Clever Kids Science Creative Fun Workshop 

“Thanks for such a fun event! It was awesome!” — Parent

20161006 Clever Kids Science Fun Lava Lamp

20161006 Clever Kids Science Fun Lava Lamp

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

20161023 Clever Kids Hannah More Shelter Volunteer Project

20161023 Clever Kids Hannah More Shelter Volunteer Project

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School school completed their morning community service with Sarah’s Hope Hannah More last week, making booklets donated by the Clever Kids Foundation!

20161103 BT Students With Hannah More Shelter

20161103 BT Students With Hannah More Shelter

November 2016 –  Clever Kids Storytelling Creative Workshop

“Had a blast!” –Parent

20161108 Storytelling Workshop

20161108 Storytelling Workshop

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

20161127 North Oaks Volunteer Event

20161127 North Oaks Volunteer Event

12/8/16 Clever Kids Studio: Art on a Plate Workshop

“I had such a great time! The kids’ creativity was so AMAZING…” –Parent

20161208 Art on a Plate Workshop

20161208 Art on a Plate Workshop


About Us


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:

https://www.facebook.com/cleverkidsfoundation/

 

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