Small things can often make children feel part of the community in a big way, but the opposite is also true for thousands of youth in our community. Not being able to particapte in school or classroom activities because of financial barriers, gives children the feeling of being "less than" or alienated from their peers. The Spark Random Acts initiative provides funding and items for the nominal finacial costs of simple things that create a sense of belonging.
Throughout the school year, program administrators identify students who could benefit from the blessings of a Spark Random Act. These funds allow students to engage in activities where they would otherwise sit out, as well as strengthen their connection to the school community.
Students who select their own books are far more enthusiastic about reading. Through book fairs, we aim to develop eager readers in children who may otherwise not have access to books they enjoy.
We stock baskets of hygeine products and make them available to students who may have a need for basic hygiene products throughout the school year.
While many families are able to enjoy break activities and vacations together, there are many students who lack the resources to do this. During Winter, Spring, and Summer break, we create boxes filled with stimulating activities -books, crafts, outdoor fun- as well as some surprises to brighten the break weeks for students.
Holiday parties and celebrations are often the most ancticpated school days of the year! But they often come with a small price tag, and for kids without a $5 gift to exchange or $2 to donate for the party supplies, these fun events can instead bring stress and dread. Our goal is to fill the financial gaps so all children can participate.
Schools have many fundraisers throughout the year that can be very fun for students: donating $1 to wear something special or to purchase a special snack. The opportunity to particpate in these activities is important to ensuring all students feel like a contributing member of their school community.
To get involved or learn more about Spark Random Acts, please contact Beth Jester
Beth@risecommunitycenter.org OR 616-745-1505