Building a School in Kenya – Only Love Foundation

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Only Love FoundationOnly Love Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization dedicated to building classrooms and bringing educational resources to impoverished communities and less fortunate children around the world.

Currently, we are campaigning to raise enough funds in order to build a school in Homabay County, Kenya. Unfortunately, the current schooling system in this Kenya community is run down, unsanitary and unsafe. We are looking to build a school to sustainably facilitate children of all ages in the community, Continue reading



Meaningful Earth Day Activities for After School

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There are so many ways to celebrate our beautiful planet on Earth Day. Planting a plant, making an earth craft, or cleaning up the trash in a local neighborhood (S&S does it every year), all have a lesson attached to them that lend mother nature a helping hand. Elementary and Middle School aged children are perfect to begin instilling important “green” practices with. If done in a meaningful way, these lessons will be carried with them and hopefully formed into habits down the road. We’ve listed four of our favorite meaningful activities for Earth Day for after school or during the school day. For for even more ideas, check out our other posts, 10 of our Favorite Green Crafts and Quick Tips for a Greener Classroom.

A Relay Race for Mother Earth

Get active for Earth Day with Recycle Games! With the Olympics just around the corner, it is perfect timing. Our friends at Education World have some great relay activities that combine Earth Day lessons and team building fun. Here is one of our favorites:

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Youth Futures in Israel – Community Support

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youth futures S&S worldwideLast month, S&S Worldwide donated craft kits and classroom supplies to the Youth Futures program in Afula. These supplies will help students in the program as well as adult immigrants in Israel at Ulpans, or schools, where they are taught to speak and write Hebrew. We were ecstatic to hear that our donations were much appreciated by the children and their Youth Futures mentors.

Dina Roemer from The Jewish Agency of Israel told S&S Worldwide Chairman & CEO Steve Schwartz the great news, “They have everything and are thrilled…I wanted to let you know as soon as I heard the good news, first hand, and to, again, express our deepest appreciation to you for your generosity and determination to see this through…”

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Girls Scouts & Giving Back to the Community

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Giving Back to the Community:  Craft Kits for Pediatric Patients

 
At S&S we work with a lot of Girl Scout troops and their leaders. It warms our heart when we get to hear about great ways they are using products from S&S to do better in their communities. Not only does this show them how good it feels and the difference they can make in the lives of others, but it instills in them the importance of paying it forward. These are life long lessons and we love the Girls Scouts organization for creating this type of environment.
 
Here’s a story from a proud Girl Scout parent that guided three scouts on their mission to help pediatric patients at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. After you read their story, make sure to leave them some encouragement in the comments below and to share your similar stories, as its important that we advocate for these wonderful Acts of Kindness!
 
“Three Girl Scouts from Troop 33083 (Riana, Madison and Samantha) in Redwood City California recently completed their Silver Award Project, hoping that their efforts will bring a smile to pediatric patients at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital.  Their goal was to raise enough money to make 200+ craft kits for pediatric patients who aren’t well enough to leave their hospital room or bed.
 
The girls chose this service project from one of their fellow troop member’s own hospital experience – she knew firsthand what a positive difference craft activities can make on a child’s hospital stay. It’s scary enough for anyone to be in a hospital for a long period of time, but especially for children who are restricted to their hospital room or bed. There is a lot of time to worry about what might be wrong, whether the tests will hurt, or when you’ll be able to go home to your family. Arts and Crafts kits can help pediatric patients take their mind off of their illness by providing an enjoyable, creative activity to pass the time.  For example, creating a bracelet from beads or coloring in a large velvet
art poster with markers can provide a great way to lift a child’s spirits.
 
During the summer, the girls leveraged social media, email, and personal connections to raise money for their cause. By mid-August, the girls had raised over $400 from these sources to purchase Arts & Crafts supplies. They worked diligently through the rest of the summer to purchase their supplies and assemble the Arts and Crafts kits and activities targeted for pediatric patients, ages 5-18.
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Parachute Play – Teaching Social Connections & Engagement

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Rolling out the parachute on a sunny day is a great way to pull people of all ages and abilities together. Doing it with a smile, open expectations, and joy is a recipe for fun with both caretakers and the children they love. When S&S Worldwide was invited to participate in the Field Day with The Administration for Children Services New York City, we couldn’t have been more excited and ready to hit the road. We are aware of the needs of the youth served by ACSNYC and the work done every day by the staff, so this was a wonderful opportunity to fulfill our purpose to improve the social fabric by helping people play and learn.

staff and parachutes

The afternoon began with the expectations that staff would be exposed to a play group that focused on four key areas; social connections, internal control, active engagement, and JOY. Each activity was done with the parachute, Gator Skin balls, and Toss N Talk About Movement Ball. Each activity and the equipment used was predictable and safe, teaching the staff the value of predictability in the lives of the children they serve.

The only rules of our day – be safe and have fun.

fun parachute games

 

The children were allowed and encouraged to lead the adults by telling us what they wanted from their time with the parachute; whether it was the opportunity to go under, go on, or just do crazy shakes of the parachute as a group. After some “AWESOME” shakes and some big shakes, Continue reading



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