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A Big Week

October 18, 2009

It has been a busy week for Court’s Kids, busy but, great! It seems as though our momentum has picked up which is exciting. We received our very first donation this week! For privacy reasons I won’t name names but a personal thank you has been sent and we are so thankful for this contribution. This generous gift will help us so much as we keep forging ahead. We still have miles to go but I am hopeful and positive that we will receive the support we need to really make a difference to programs in need.

Which brings me to our next development, just this week we began work with another early childhood intervention program! This week I met with the wonderful staff at the Vancouver early Childhood Center just across the river from Portland in Vancouver, WA. They serve all the children in the 3-5 age range within the Vancouver school district and evaluate about 150 children each year. This program provides a wide range of services from speech therapy to physical and occupational therapy. The goal is to prepare the children to enter kindergarten, the majority of the children enter regular school programs as opposed to special education programs upon ‘graduating’ from the VECC school program. They have a beautifully maintained school with cheerful classrooms and excellent teachers and staff, many of whom have been with the program for a number of years.

In speaking with the director and touring the school I learned that while special education programs do receive a good amount of funding, they have a much higher cost of education per student than in other programs. The money left over for supplies and classroom materials tends to be pretty limited. Often, teachers supplement their classroom supplies at the end of the year with money from their own pockets. Growing up with a teacher for a mother this doesn’t come as a huge surprise, it is a familiar tale at schools across the country. Teachers do everything they can to help their students thrive.

This makes our work not only important but, critical. These programs need our help and support, no question.

Little by Little,

Kiki

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