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















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.

 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

 LOTS of great summer camp options still available!! Don't know where to start? Try our 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:

Jayci’s Wreaths for Heroes

Taken from an e-newsletter from GenerationOn. Check out their awesome site!  It'll inspire you to get involved in your community.  

Jayci Elaine Derby, a seventh grader from San Antonio, TX is the generationOn Excellence in Service and Leadership Award winner for May 2013. She first became involved in service at the age of 11 when her family went to Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery to visit her grandfather's grave site during the holidays. She noticed only a few wreaths were placed on graves around the cemetery and wondered why there were so few. She decided that all heroes should be honored with a tribute and set out to make that a reality.   

After doing some research, Jayci discovered Wreaths Across America, a National organization that places wreaths on graves throughout the country. She became a Youth Ambassador for Wreaths Across America, and started a local organization called Jayci's Wreaths for Heroes. She has since raised over $15,000 and has spoken at numerous schools and events to raise awareness of her passion to honor heroes while also spreading the message that even one child can make an impact on the world. Congratulations, Jayci!  

Nominate a member of your generationOn Service Club for the Excellence in Service and Leadership Award! Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis for this award, which recognizes individuals and groups ages 5-18 who take a leadership role doing service projects in their local and global communities. Each month, awardees will be featured on the generationOn website and will receive a certificate of merit. Click here to learn more and submit your nomination!  

Birthday Bags

Check out what Denver resident, Claire, did to make birthdays a little sweeter for Colorado kids in need.  You're a super hero Claire!  A little effort goes such a long way!  

Garage Sale to Fight Hunger

Check out this cool story from our friends at Hunger Free Colorado! Kids just like you can make a HUGE difference!   
Seven-year-old TJ is passionate about ending hunger and decided to hold a garage sale to raise money for Hunger Free Colorado. He collected $121.71, which he dropped off at our offices yesterday. Thank you to TJ for making a difference!
Photo: Seven-year-old TJ is passionate about ending hunger and decided to hold a garage sale to raise money for Hunger Free Colorado. He collected $121.71, which he dropped off at our offices yesterday. Like this post to say thank you to TJ for making a difference!

7 Year Old Fighting Cancer

Do you believe that you (a kid) can make a difference in the world?  We sure do.  We know what awesome ideas and generous hearts kids have and we're so excited to see what you're going to come up to fight hunger in Colorado!  Check out what 7 year old Tess is doing in her community!  Click HERE for her story.  Tell us what you think!

A 16 Year Old Proves that Beauty Lies Within

Check out what this awesome 16 year old high school student is doing for special needs girls in her community.  It's pretty amazing what one kid can do to add so many smiles to the world isn't it?  Click Here for the story!



If you're just now meeting Derek McKee, you're in for a treat. Derek, a senior at Heritage High School, has been taking the magic world by storm and gets to rub elbows with famous folks like Lance Burton and David Blaine.  Travelling the world, sharing his magic and positive energy, he's already an acclaimed, award-winning magician. But when you meet him, what really stands out about Derek is his genuine, down-to-earth compassion for those who are less fortunate.  He'll tell you about how he spent a scary night on skid row with a team of people to gain a deeper understanding of what it's like to be homeless. He'll talk about the work he does as a board member with Little Red Wagon Foundation and some of the homeless teens he's met while helping this organization. It's obvious he really cares about making the world a better place.

And today, he's decided to raise awareness for teen homelessness and hunger in Denver. He's living downtown on the 16th Street Mall, spending 6 nights and 7 days in a homemade plexiglass box.  His efforts will provide non-perishable food for Food Bank of the Rockies and funds for Little Red Wagon Foundation. 

If you'd like to support Derek, please stop by his temporary home at 16th and Glenarm Place. Bring a can of food and share a smile. You might even be treated to a magic trick or two for your kindness. Derek plans to live in the box until next Wednesday morning. Follow his journey on Twitter, #247Denver, @Derek_McKee.


5th Grader Collects Quarters

Tyler wanted to organize a lemonade stand to raise money for those in need in his community, but the weather didn't cooperate.  Instead, he and his mom found information on Food Bank of the Rockies' website about our friend Kate.  Have you met Kate yet?  You can meet her here!  Tyler decided to host a Quarters for Kate drive  and proudly gathered over $62 to fight hunger in Colorado.  That hard earned money will provide 248 meals for our neighbors in need.  Way to go Tyler!!!!  We're honored to work with awesome kids like you.  




8 Year Old Biker Making A Difference

Check out what 8 year old CJ is doing to make a difference in the world.  He's pretty amazing and encourages other kids to use their talents and hobbies to help others.  What do YOU enjoy doing that could be a cool way to give back?  

Click here for the article about CJ!