At Whole Kids Academy, we know how fortunate we are to have so many blessings. We have made it part of our mission to give back to our community by participating and getting our families and kids involved in a number of outreach programs throughout the year. The following are some of the outreach projects we've completed in the past:
- Created Care Packages for the Homeless
- Canned Food Drives
- Clothing and Coat Drives
- Walk for Wishes Fundraiser and Walk
- Children's Book Drive
Children's Book Drive - March 7-10, 2016
Bring in new or gently used children's books to donate to The Maryland Book Bank
, a wonderful organization whose mission is to get free books into the hands of children. Their mission is driven from the understanding that children in low income areas have an average of 1 book at home while children of middle income households have an average of 54 books at home. We also know that children of low income families spend an average of 100 hours being read to by another person up until the third grade, but a child growing up in a middle income home is read to for an average of 1,000 hours by the third grade! The result is a staggering disparity in reading proficiency. Children who can't read at grade level by the third grade are 16% more likely to drop out of high school and 50% of incarcerated people have reading deficiencies.
2016 Walk for Wishes - April 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - National Mall, Washington DC
Visit the WKA team page
to join our team for the 2016 Walk for Wishes - you can sign up to walk, fund-raise or make a donation to support our efforts. Last year we had more than a dozen walkers from WKA participate in this great event. We enjoyed a lovely walk around the National Mall in the spring, the kids had a blast and we exceeded our goal and raised more than $2,000 for the Make a Wish Foundation. This year, we hope to recruit an even bigger team! Also, we will be selling WKA Walk for Wishes t-shirts for $15 each, a portion of which, will go toward our WKA fundraising goal. Order forms will be available soon. In the meantime, please be sure to sign up to join our team for this special event. Family and friends are more than welcome to join our team too! We hope to see you there!