By Kaitlyn Ferree, National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award 2018 Nominee
The S&S Worldwide team is proud to be the sponsor of the National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award for Afterschool for 2018. We are honored to highlight the nominees and winners for their accomplishments and dedication to the afterschool community.
I graduated from Florida Southern College with a degree in Elementary Education and I went right to work teaching 1st grade and 2nd grade in Florida. I have always had a passion for working with children, which began when I was a freshman in High School and I volunteered at the summer camp in my hometown. It was through the rec league of Kennett Square and from there I was hooked. I went on to work at the camp as a counselor, and then after that I became the coordinator for two years before going to college. In college I wasn’t always sure what I wanted to do, but the one thing that I knew was I wanted to better the lives of children and make sure they are healthy and have the necessities to grow and learn. I ended up going into elementary education and I loved it. I got to learn new skills, ways to target different learning styles, and discovered that what works for some students doesn’t work for all of them. Continue reading →
Parents and teachers share creative ideas that go beyond raffles and car washes and keep the fun in fundraising. We teamed up with Family Fun Magazine to share these 5 ideas that you can recreate at your school!
St. Bernadette’s Catholic School in Springfield, Virginia came up with the idea to have a Surprise Teacher Getaway Raffle. Nearly half the school’s 380 students entered their favorite teachers and staff into a drawing that featured a parent-donated four-day vacation. They received over $3000 toward interactive whiteboards.
Students decorated the raffle tickets with stickers, “Good Luck!” messages, and smiley faces. The tickets said “Please send on vacation.” Families bought them for $5 each, filled in a teacher’s name (and their own on the back), then entered them in the vacation drawing. With nearly half of school families participating, minimal work, and happy kids and teachers, this fund-raiser was truly a win-win solution. Continue reading →
By Ledisney Rodriguez, National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award 2017 Nominee
The S&S Worldwide team is proud to be the sponsor of the National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award for Afterschool for 2017. We are honored to highlight the nominees and winners for their accomplishments and dedication to the afterschool community.
Ledisney Rodriguez’s is 26 years old and pursuing a degree in Dietetics’ and Nutrition. Here is her story:
I started my after school involvement/ career in 2009 right after I graduated high school, where I received my DCF 45 hour certification. I applied for a tutoring position available with the City of Hialeah’s, Education and Community Services Department for the Creative Learning and Play Program. I became eager to learn and advance in my current placement location 6-9 months later, I did. I was promoted to the main office as a Literacy Programing Assistant. During this time, I was involved in many tasks involving scheduling, invoicing and creating MOUs and Scope of services for all subcontractors, Data Tracker/SAMIS data system for The Children’s Trust, Attendance for all programs, and payroll for the whole department Part Time and Full Timers. These with other assignments allowed me to grow and understand the logistics of grant writing and the work it takes to put it all together. Continue reading →
On September 24th, MidCoast CrossFit in Old Saybrook, CT participated in a very special WOD (Workout Of the Day) called “Luke”, in support of Lift Up Autism. This is a worldwide “competition for a cause” that seeks to support early diagnosis and treatment of Austism, raise funds for the Autism Tree Project Foundation in San Diego, and shed light on the very real and significant impact Autism places on families and individuals around the world. In 2016, 626 gyms and 7,012 athletes participated, raising $80,433.00. This year it was expected that over 1,000 gyms would participate. “Luke” is a challenging workout, especially when completed as prescribed below. However, all of the movements and weights can be scaled or modified so a wide range of ages and athletic abilities can easily participate. It’s a tough 5 minutes!
As a part of the Colchester Connecticut community, S&S is proud to highlight the efforts of a small group right here in our town. Michelle Noehren shares the efforts of a group called Colchester is Kind.
It’s so easy to spread kindness, and it doesn’t require any money. Small, every day actions, like smiling at people you meet, asking people how they are and really wanting to know, saying something encouraging to a friend or child or volunteering to help an organization you care about all have the potential to make a lasting impact.
In August of 2016, a private Facebook group called Colchester is Kind was created with the goal of building a stronger sense of community by spreading messages of kindness and compassion around the town. Within the first month of the groups’ creation, members gathered at the library for a kindness rock painting get together which included a kindness-themed story time for children. Continue reading →