This summer, Champions for Kids launched another SIMPLE Service campaign, this time partnering with Elmer’s to support community champions who work tirelessly to bring education, food, clothing and other essential items to local children. Check out the three winners from this SIMPLE Service campaign and join us in congratulating them on their incredible services!
1st place: Faith Moving Mountains
It’s not every day that school supplies fill a principal’s office, but students from Elm Grove Middle School, La., are not your everyday kids. Students were issued a challenge: they had two days to collect and fill the principal’s office with school supplies. By the second day, the principal’s office was so full that the door barely shut. Supplies were donated to Faith Moving Mountains, a local non-profit organization that distributes school uniforms and supplies to 400 children in need.
2nd place: Read 2 Learn
For many children, struggling to read is an insecurity which damages self-confidence. January Jones, educator in Wichita Falls, Texas, decided to go to bat for students by establishing the Read2Learn Program in her school’s district. After one year, 350 Read2Learn volunteers, spread across eight campuses, invested 3,880 volunteer hours helping 196 second grade students. By the end of the school year, 90% of those students were reading on grade level.
3rd Place: Fiesta Feed Families
Every Thursday evening, people in the Clendenin community of West Virginia gather together for a single goal: pack 100 bags filled with six, easy-to-prepare meals and snacks, for children in their local area. What drives this kind of dedication is a passion to relieve hunger for students who rely on school meals. In addition to providing boxes of food during holiday breaks and free books to students on reading level, this group has also started a reading program in their community.