"People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget the way you made them feel." – Maya Angelou
The "Giving Lists"
This is where we celebrate the kids, groups, schools, and others out there making the world a better place, one good deed or project at a time. It's pretty easy to make our list - just do something for someone else (or for the planet or for animals) and share it with us! We want to see just how big this list can get. So go ahead, do some good and send us an email. We'll get your name and city on the list and maybe we'll even do a special spotlight story on your amazing work. And if you have a picture of your greatness, we hope you'll share that with us too (cause who doesn't love a good picture)!
The Schiff Kids, Los Angeles, CA
The Simpson Kids, Los Angeles, CA
The Yuska Kids, Orlando, FL
Victoria Fleming, Boston, MA
Hailey R., New York
Annie B., Connecticut
The Hammer Kids, Boston, MA
The Jacob Kids, Boston, MA
The Yaphe Kids, Boston, MA
Sophie S., Los Angeles, CA
The Heston Kids, Orlando, FL
Jackie B., Boston, MA
The Pratt Boys, Los Angeles, CA
St. Mary Magdalen School, Altamonte Springs, FL
Campbell Hall School, North Hollywood, CA
Glover Elementary School, Milton, MA
Tucker Elementary School, Milton, MA
Cunningham Elementary School, Milton, MA
Collicot Elementary School, Milton, MA
Crossroads For Kids, Boston, MA
TACSC (The Association of Catholic Student Councils), Los Angeles, CA
Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester, Dorchester, MA
Boys & Girls Club of Watertown, Watertown, MA
Boys & Girls Club of Woburn, Woburn, MA
Girls, Inc., Lynn, MA
ASPIRE, Downey, CA
Spotlight: Downey Kids ASPIRE to Make A Difference
ASPIRE afterschool program in the City of Downey, worked with the nonprofit, Karma Rescue, to provide visits and assemblies for the K-8th grade youth. The staff and volunteers from Karma Rescue spent time educating the students on Karma Rescue’s mission. The students heard how important it is to find a permanent home for dogs and other animals in shelters. They also learned about the importance of getting pets fixed (spay/neutered) to reduce the shelter population. Lastly, they learned about dog breeds and some misconceptions. They enjoyed being able to spend time with a Karma Rescue dog too.
ASPIRE serves 1,200 students daily on twelve school campuses from school dismissal until 6pm. In addition to homework, clubs, physical education, and arts, the students select service learning projects to give back to the community.
The students and staff utilize the Project Giving Kids website to find projects. This month, their choice was easy, selecting "aiding the animals." They chose activities from the PGK site outlining how to make dog toys and blankets that would benefit the dogs they learned about.
We are proud of ASPIRE students for making over 682 dog toys and 10 mini blankets. However, according to Michelle Jenney, Program Supervisor, it would not have been possible without the collaboration for Project Giving Kids and Karma Rescue.