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/

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!