In March, Wheels For Kids delivered about 50 bikes to our partner organizations in Tucson. That put us over 2,100 bikes delivered.
For the March donations we would like to highlight Arizona’s Children Association (Kinship Program) and Literacy Connects’ Reading Seed Program – both new Wheels for Kids community partners. A brief introduction of their programs is included below.
Arizona’s Children Association, Kinship Program (KARE) (https://www.arizonaschildren.org/kinship/).
This program supports caretakers who provide care for their relatives’ children and/or working toward adoption of these children. In Arizona, there are more than 160,000 children living in homes headed by grandparents or other relatives. Our programs help support these very special families and their potential to provide a positive alternative to traditional foster care. Classes, support groups and other activities are held at our Kinship Adoption Resource & Education (KARE) Center in Tucson and other locations around the state. Research indicates that children in kinship care experience greater stability than those in traditional foster care. Kinship caregivers provide love and support in a familiar setting, allowing children to remain connected with their families and communities. They are able to live with people they know and trust, thereby reinforcing their sense of cultural identity and well-being.
Literacy Connects/Reading Seed (est. 1995) recruits and trains volunteer reading coaches to work one-on-one with students in kindergarten through third grade who are reading below grade level. We distribute free books to children and offer a leveled lending library for coaches, teachers and other literacy providers with books that match K-12 students’ interests and reading ability.
Reading Seed supports elementary schools and students by:
- Recruiting and training volunteer reading coaches to work with students in K–5th grade who are reading below grade level.
- Emphasizing reading as a positive experience in a non-judgmental environment.
- Increasing confidence, vocabulary, fluency and reading comprehension in students.
- Delivering high interest, low reading level literacy resources from our Lending Library to schools for Reading Coaches and teachers.
- Providing free books for students to encourage independent reading.
Wheels for kids is very pleased to be working with these organizations and expects this to be the beginning of a lasting partnership.