2008 Archive

December

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She Has Wings
The WINGS Creed reminds kids that �working together is a must.� Daniel Ziff put that lesson into action by helping to bring high-speed rail to California and reduce energy consumption, traffic congestion and air pollution.
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Hot WingsAmid the hustle and bustle of the season, here�s a fun way to take time out to tell family members how much you care. We call this Give it � Get it, and it's a big hit with kids.
Read more.

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The Girl Effect:
See what happens
when girls get WINGS.


The rate of WINGS kids who graduate from high school on time is an astonishing 17 percent higher than for kids who lack a comprehensive social and emotional education from our program, according to preliminary staff analysis.

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Fourth-grader Cashmere Brown is the fifth member of her family to attend the WINGS program. She�s known for a great sense of humor, high energy and she loves to dance. And she can recite The Creed from start to finish!
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- Nelson Mandela

Give Wings
What fits your wallet? Giving opportunities in the WINGS Gift Catalog include everything from a box of school supplies to a month of healthy snacks or a fun field trip. Choose the gift that�s right for you. If you care about kids, WINGS offers good value and true impact.
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October

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Cole HueyShe Has Wings
Sports Illustrated writer Gary Smith is known for revealing the humanity of the subjects of his award-winning profiles. A recent tribute in The New York Times called him “perhaps the greatest American magazine writer” and asked how can he muster “such empathy” for all his subjects?
Read more.
Hot WingsTeach kids this strategy called BrainSTORM:

  • Sit
  • Think
  • Organize
  • Re-think
  • Make the best choice
Read more.

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Bringing our Creed alive!


Frequently at WINGS we’re asked to share our strategies and practices that work so well with kids. That’s why we’ve relaunched wingsforkids.org, to share valuable lessons learned. Try the instant poll, watch a video, peruse the latest research, experience WINGS!


Destiny Robinson-Martin has practically grown up in the WINGS program. She enrolled as a kindergartner and keeps returning faithfully. Now a 5th grader, she’s a great influence on other kids.
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A grant from Google awarded to WINGS will help us reach more people.
Read more.


- Stanley Greenspan,
Child development expert


Give Wings
With Wall Street in crisis and the economy faltering, it’s tough to ask our supporters to dig deep. But the kids we serve really need the help, and their families are hard-hit by hard times. Please act now instead of waiting until year’s end to decide on your donation.
Donate now.


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August

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Cole HueyShe Has Wings
Once Anthony Dixon started working with kids in the WINGS program, he gave up law school plans and made education his calling. Seeing the difference he could make in kids’ lives transformed him. Now he finds himself back at Memminger Elementary School – as principal.
Read more.
Hot WingsWhat seems obvious to adults often needs to be explained to kids to make their social interactions run smoothly. At the start of school, set the expectation that they should introduce themselves to students they don’t know already – and show them how.
Read more.

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Hugged your kid –
or your lion – today?


How do you define success? Yale research shows WINGS works, but when kids are banging down the door to get into our program, we know we’re succeeding. Both Memminger and Chicora Elementary Schools already are fully booked!


Fun-loving first-grader Justice Benjamin is such a confident WINGS kid. She frequently wins our award for self awareness because, as The Creed states, she truly "loves and accepts who she is on the inside and knows her emotions are nothing to hide."
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Listen to The Creed.


- Plato, Greek Philosopher

Give Wings
Give the gift of time and make a big difference. WINGS needs tutors to help some of our kids with their homework. You can volunteer for as little as 2 hours a month – or as much as you want. Click here to let us know your availability.


Lenny Blevins does it again! His 3rd annual summertime funfest on Gold Bug Island known as The Flip Flop Ball raised more than $5,000 to benefit WINGS. Click here to view some pictures from the event.

Offbeat feature spotlights the whimsical side of WINGS CEO Ginny Deerin this month. Click here to check it out.


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July

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Cole HueyShe Has Wings
Jim Boyd has climbed the highest mountains in the world. It�s a passion of his. When he was in a car accident that almost claimed his life, he held onto the dream of climbing again. The idea of walking once more seemed unlikely � but not to Jim.
Read more.
Hot WingsS � Stand back
T � Talk it over
R � Read
E � Exercise
S � Slow down
S � Sing

Read more.

Video

Watch how dancing Matt connects without words.


We're full of anticipation about the launch of a brand new WINGS program next month at Chicora Elementary School at 1912 Success Street in North Charleston. It�s a big challenge with a big payoff � for the kids and their families, for the school, for WINGS.
Read more.

Fourth-grader Raji Polite is a high-energy kid with a contagious smile. He has great team spirit and really loves to compete. Raji constantly demonstrates how well he understands that "working together is a must," as The Creed states.
Read more.

Listen to The Creed.


-Columnist David Brooks,
New York Times


Give Wings
We�re celebrating! The U.S. Education Department awarded WINGS a vote of confidence and a fiercely competitive 21st Century Learning Center grant for $673,000 over 4 years. But government funds pay only 1/3 of our costs. We rely on private investment more than ever.
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June

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Cole HueyShe Has Wings
WINGS kid Vera Swain used to watch Jeopardy on TV and imagine herself appearing on the brainy quiz show and confidently answering every question. But years later, when she auditioned as a USC student, she failed to make the cut. Many people would have given up at that point. Not Vera.
Read more.
Hot WingsNow that summer's here, why not grab the chance to connect with your kids? Here's a list from our WINGS staff of a dozen ways to stay connected, build social and emotional skills, and keep it fun. What's on your list?
See list.

Video

Watch Charleston mayor
salute WINGS.


Mayor Joe Riley and Charleston County Schools Superintendent Nancy McGinley joined WINGS kids May 29 to ring the opening bell of a mock Stock Exchange, signaling the launch of our 5-year Flight Plan to to give WINGS to many more kids.
Read more.
See a video.

First-grader Kierra Wellington just loves doing the special handshake with the other Hummingbirds in Ms. Heather's Nest at the start of each WINGS session. No question about it � her favorite Choice Time was WINGS Scouts, where they pretend to go camping � and pretend to be chased by bears! They also get to devour S'mores, a vital camping activity.
Read more.


- Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

Give Wings
Smart investors tell us that despite the economic slowdown, WINGS is a great investment if you care about kids. Thanks to their support, we've raised $500,000 of the $875,000 needed to implement the first year of our 5-year growth plan that commences July 1. Click here to read all about the success. Help us raise the remaining $375,000 by donating here


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May

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Cole HueyShe Has Wings
Charleston Regional Business Journal named WINGS COO Bridget Laird one of Charleston's top 40 executives under the age of 40 for her management savvy and tireless dedication that truly transforms kids' lives. Bridget Laird has WINGS!
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Hot WingsSound familiar? Parents make summer plans for their kids without much input. Kids feel like they have little control. They whine and whine. Parents throw up their hands. No one�s happy. Try collaborating with the WINGS Summer Planning Guide.
See Guide

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Watch this video if you need a "glad" boost.


Do yourself a favor and watch this uplifting online video that really grabbed us this month. Called "Raising Small Souls," it is reproduced from work by R.Z. Greenwald. It's a powerful reminder of how unique kids are.
Watch the video.

After four years in WINGS, Keyera Thomas-Keitt knows how to work well with others. A member of the Flamingos Nest supervised by Ms. Topper, this fifth-grader says that since she has learned to recognize that others are different, it�s much easier to get along �without fussing or fighting.�
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- Daniel Goleman, Ph.D

Give Wings
Your trash is our treasure! WINGS needs old laptop computers. The only requirements are that they have wireless and Internet capabilities. We use laptops to help track the progress of WINGS kids thoroughly with a state-of-the-art success management system.
Donate your laptop now.


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April

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Cole HueyShe Has Wings
Why? That‘s what everyone asked 14-year-old Cole Huey when he and three friends rose before dawn last week and hiked 13 miles to school from Sullivan’s Island. “Why do people climb Mount Everest?” said Cole, who relished the challenge. As the WINGS Creed says – “The choices you make should be what you want to do.
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Listen to the Creed Hot Wings
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Watch to find out what makes WINGS unique.

A new generation of donors is transforming education philanthropy with controversial ideas about learning and new approaches to giving their money away. In an article entitled “How Many Billionaires Does It Take to Fix a School System?” The New York Times discusses their efforts.
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Kindergarten student Michayla Brisco strives to live the WINGS Creed. She understands that everyone is different, as the Creed says, and she declares that what makes her unique is her missing front teeth. That unique and shining smile of hers greets WINGSLeaders every day.
Read more
Listen to the Creed


-John Dewey
Philosopher and Educator

Give Wings
Support WINGS without opening your checkbook!

1. Keep us in mind. Tell a fellow worker or friend.
2. Pass it on. Forward our newsletter.
3. Spread the word. Mention our impact to teachers and officials.
4. Get involved. Advocate on behalf of kids.
5. Volunteer. Tutor 2 hours a month.

We also appreciate your financial contributions.
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March

The NEW Smart

The Lee BrothersShe Has Wings
They’re young, they’re hip, they were born in New York. Yet this unlikely pair revived interest in Southern food with heartfelt stories of those who grow, cook and serve it. Matt Lee and Ted Lee (www.mattleeandtedlee.com) truly want to learn “more about everyone they meet,” as the WINGS Creed recommends.
 
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Now that the 80th annual Academy Awards are over, we’ve been compiling our own list at WINGS of films that inspire our minds and spirits, and teach the importance of strong social and emotional values. We’d love to see your nominees!
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Tra'VeseTra'Vese
Tra’Vese is always smiling. She exemplifies the idea that a positive attitude is contagious. A third-grader in her second year at WINGS, she’s a big reason that the Hawks have been the High Flying Nest twice already this year. That’s the award that goes to the WINGS Nest that works hardest to live The Creed.

Read more.

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- Aimee Lee Ball,
writing in January 2008
issue of Oprah magazine
Read the article
Give Wings
We possess the power to transform the lives of many more kids. Whether they get the opportunity to succeed depends on building WINGS into a great organization sustaining exceptional results for many years to come. We need insightful supporters with a commitment to invest in true, lasting change. Won’t you join us?
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Discipline problems in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester County
schools, and how social and emotional skills can prevent them.

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February

The NEW Smart

Warees ShabazzShe Has Wings
Warees Shabazz, the peanut guy at Royall Hardware, is one of those people who puts a smile on your face.

Dan Goleman tells the story of a bus driver like that in his best-selling book, Emotional Intelligence.  Each morning in NY, crabby people would get on the driver’s city bus.  Because of his good mood, by the time the bus ride ended, the crabby people morphed into happy people.  The lesson Goleman was illustrating:  emotions are contagious. 
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Praising our "unique" program, the Associated Press article about WINGS has appeared in newspapers from Dallas to Charlotte to Jacksonville.
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A new study of top-notch afterschool programs demonstrates that participants performed far better academically -- 10 percentile points higher -- than students who did not attend. The research examined 35 programs serving 2,900 kids from Connecticut to California
Read more.
Rashawn Lowerymeet jordan
At WINGS, sixth-grader Rashawn Lowery has learned to accept himself and do what he enjoys without worrying what others think -- like sewing. One of two boys in the sewing Choice Time, he created a latch-hook rug of a soccer ball and was the first to finish. He's a very hard worker.

Rashawn is in the Giant Eagles next, and his WINGSLeader is Mr. Tony.
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- Maurice Elias, PhD
Rutgers University
Give Wings
Each day at WINGS we recite our Creed which says, "I want to learn more about everyone I meet. I want to step into their 'shoe' and see what they are going through." Step into the shoes of these kids and consider the difference a scholarship makes.

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January

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Shann RoccoShe Has Wings
At Wings we teach our kids about how feelings are contagious. Shann Rocco contaminated Sullivan’s Island with her joyous and generous spirit. No one lived life bigger and better than Shann, the wife of our former board member, Jim Rocco. Driving her kids to school she could shoot a smile across the roadway that would fill you up with good feelings. 
Read more.Hot Wings
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Regardless of affiliation, Republicans and Democrats alike can see that Barack Obama displays formidable social and emotional smarts. So WINGS kids – who pledge daily that “working together is a must” – took a field trip to see the presidential candidate.
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Lindasiameet jordan
Third-grader Lindasia Fyall is an outspoken, fun-loving girl who is bursting with energy. She’s enthusiastically involved in a Choice Time activity called Extra! Extra!, learning how to write for a newspaper. By conducting interviews and writing her personal bio, she learned to approach others respectfully and confidently.
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-Roger P. Weissberg
University of Illinois

Give Wings
CPA firm Dixon Hughes sends a team of staffers to tutor daily at WINGS. Their boss Tricia Wilson says: "What we get back is tenfold. If everyone in the city took on this type of commitment, think of the phenomenal impact we’d make." The CPA firm joined the WINGS Futures program with a $22,500 pledge for three years.
Read More
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