The Arts Project
The Arts Project is a program that partners Kids Helping Kids members with local Carmichael Elementary students in the fifth grade. With the recent cuts to funding in schools, important programs like art programs were the first to go. Kids Helping Kids wanted to fill this gap. Target works with Kids Helping Kids to provide the materials needed for the Arts Project. With their supplies we are able to do small art projects with the fifth graders once per week. At such a young age, we see it as a crucial part of their education to have an outlet for creativity. By partnering with these local kids, we not only get to develop relationships within the community, but we also can give them something the lack of funding in schools has taken away.
We provide tutoring to kindergarten students at Carmichael Elementary once per week. Our goal is to assist in the education of children who may not otherwise receive the help they need.
The Garden Project
The Garden Project is a program that allows kids to have a better understanding of nature and develop an appreciation for the natural world around them that they might not be able to experience otherwise at their age. Some gardens grow vegetables, which helps the kids understand where their food comes from and how to grow and sustain their own garden. The overall program includes creating garden boxes and growing all different kinds of plants with the kids at Carmichael Elementary School. This hands-on science experience will carry through to their everyday understanding of nature and allow for an active science curriculum to further their education.
The Schools Project
The Schools Project in Kids Helping Kids is designed to give children in lower socioeconomic schools the things they will need to succeed in the classroom. In 2013, Kids Helping Kids personally handed out backpacks filled with crayons, markers, pencil pouches, and more to kindergarteners in Howe Avenue Elementary School. We were able to hand out supplies again to Howe in 2014, along with expanding to three more schools: Cordova, Elverta, and Glenwood Elementary. One hundred and thirty kids in Howe, ninety in Cordova, thirty five in Elverta, and seventy three in Glenwood received backpacks filled with school supplies. In 2015, we expanded our efforts by aiding six schools and one women’s shelter, and we were able to help over 550 students start off their school year with new supplies. In 2016, we decided to focus all of our efforts and funds on Carmichael Elementary providing school supplies to every student at the start of the year.