Buddy Bench

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How many playgrounds are there in this country?  How many kids feel alone on those playgrounds?  How many parents worry about this kids being one of those lonely kids on the playground?  This little dude came up with a solution.  And we think it's rather brilliant.  The beauty of this story is it's simple.  If every school had a Buddy Bench, just think about the smiles and friendships that could bloom as a result.  Way to go Christian.  We'll be your buddy any day of the week.  Kids, can YOU convince your principal to add a Buddy Bench on YOUR playground?

Read Christian's story HERE.

Dannie’s Army

Grab your kleenex folks.  When you see what this group of elementary school boys have to say about respecting each other's differences and showing love, your heart will soften immediately.  We should all strive to be more like Dannie and his posse.  Kids, what can YOU do to show love for kids who are getting picked on?  

Watch his remarkable story HERE.    "Danny Keefe is a 6-year-old optimist with a speech disorder. And he doesn't care what other people think. In fact, this spunky kindergartner wears a suit, tie, and fedora to school every day. He's also the water coach for the Bridgewater Badgers, a pee wee football team comprised of a band of boys who have rallied around Danny in the hopes to make his life better."

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Kids, what are YOU Passionate About?

Connor loves space.  And he wants to be an astronaut.  Because of his passion, he has make a mark in the world of space exploration.  Kids, do you see what an impact you can make when you invest your heart into something?  Just ask Connor.  He recently got a phone call from the last man who stood on the moon.  How cool is that?

Read his story HERE

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2nd Grader Stepping Up

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Check out what this awesome 2nd grader did to fight hunger.  He's working with our friends at Hunger Free Colorado to give back and he's making a significant difference!   Way to go TJ!

Read his story HERE.

2 Kids Spend their Summer Giving Back

Check out this video.  This summer two recent high school graduates from the East Coast embarked on a journey across the country, offering a helping hand in multiple states to various volunteer organizations.  FBR was one of their stops.  They spent the day with us, volunteering in our Denver warehouse.  Pretty cool huh?  We thought so.  They not only helped out communities in need at each of their stops, but also created memories they'll have for a lifetime.  Way to go guys.    

 

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17 Year Old Getting White House Recognition

Check out what this 17 year old is doing to make a difference.  She's featured through President Obama and Young Americans.  Pretty cool!  Remarkable kids like her are proving that kids can make a powerful impact on society.  

 

Chicago Students Donating Summer Time

Hey kids, does your school offer classes that teach you about giving back in your community?  Check out what this school out of Chicago is doing!  We think it would awesome if kids talked to their schools about doing something like this.   Read the Chicago Tribute article HERE.

 

Kung Food Fighters Tour and Give Back!

When we launched the Kung Food Fighters Kids Club a couple months back, we had no idea how many amazingly awesome kids would pop out of the wood work.  A couple weeks ago, we hosted a private tour for club members and their families, followed by a delicious breakfast provided by our in-house chef.   20 kiddos and their parents joined us to learn about what Food Bank of the Rockies does in the community and how important they are in our society.  Ranging from ages 3-18, these kids learned about tangible outlets for giving back to their community.  

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One of the kids in attendance was the amazing Clark.  This soon-to-be 6th grader organized a "Fun Run" in his neighborhood and collected over $1,300 for FBR!  How outstanding is that?  He created an impressive, larger than life check that will be proudly hung on our gigantic wall of checks.  In addition, our friend Derek (who lived in a plexi-glass box on the 16th street mall this past spring to fight childhood homelessness and hunger) joined us to talk to the kids about how important it is to step outside their comfort zones to make a difference in the world.  

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We're blessed to have this club as an outlet for working with, educating and empowering kids to see their potential for positive change!  If you haven't signed your kiddos us, you can do so right here.   

Car Seats for ALL Kids

We're sharing the following story from a past Facebook post from Denver Public School's AmeriCorp page.  What a cool story from a little girl who used her personal situation to help others!  Kids, what can YOU do to use your experiences to help others?  

 
Children's Advisory Network shared Denver Public Schools AmeriCorps's photo.

The Power of One

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1st grade student Monserat Arenas, was recently in a car accident. Her booster seat helped save her life, and now she is on a mission to make sure all kids who need car seats or booster seats have one.  Car seat manufacturer, Graco, donated 50 car seats to Monserat's car seat drive. In addition to this, they will match every new car seat we receive at Smith Renaissance School. We would love if you donate new car seats!

Smith Renaissance will also be hosting a Car Seat Safety & Giveaway Night at Smith on Thursday, May 23rd with their partners Safe Kids Denver Metro led by Children’s Hospital Colorado.  We will have car seat technicians on hand to ensure the new car seats are properly installed. We are also inviting various children’s safety organizations in the community to participate in a safety fair during the event.

Keeping Those Kids Busy

Summer is FULL of options to keep our kids active and whine free.  Here are a few resources we found through Macaroni Kid - Highlands Ranch.  They have tons of fun info you can take advantage of via their Facebook page.   

Join Michaels for its Passport to Imagination summer craft classes for kids from June 17 through Aug. 2. Kids 5 and up will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 10 AM-Noon to learn about the seven continents and their cultures, wildlife and landmarks. Cost is $2/session, supplies included. The first 50 travelers to climb aboard Passport to Imagination at each store will receive a free tote bag. http://www.michaels.com/

 Have you ever tried yoga with your kids? Summer is the time, since most areas have a free yoga in the park session! See the details in our Ultimate Summer Fun Guide!  Free Yoga in the Park  bit.ly

 LOTS of great summer camp options still available!! Don't know where to start? Try our SUMMER CAMP GUIDE!http://highlandsranch.macaronikid.com/article/498173/2013-macaroni-kid-summer-camp-guide

 Our Ultimate Summer Fun Guide is HERE, plus 3 great giveaways and Father's Day ideas! Check your inbox for this week's newsletter or you can visit our website: http://highlandsranch.macaronikid.com/