2010 Archive

December

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When former Wall Street bond salesman Gordon Murray decided to stop treatment for his rare form of brain cancer earlier this year it could have been easy for him to roll over and accept defeat. But instead, he’s channeled his emotions in another direction: a book deal.

Read more!

Hot WingsEvery kid has his/her own unique personality. Some traits shine, and some need to be controlled, but it’s important for kids to identify what makes them special.

Here’s a lesson to try at home!

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On November 19 WINGS kids from all programs thanked Ginny for giving them WINGS!

Watch it.


The Order of the Palmetto is considered to be the highest civilian honor in the state of South Carolina, and we couldn’t have been more proud when our own Ginny Deerin joined the list of recipients last week. In a letter from Governor Mark Sanford, Ginny was praised for her tireless efforts and service to thousands of children in the state of South Carolina.

Read more.


Veronica is a fourth grader and member of the Pelicans nest at North Charleston Elementary School. WINGS began at North Charleston Elementary last year, and Veronica is one of our returning youngsters, who makes us especially proud.

Read more!


- Unknown


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November

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If WINGS was a glass repair shop, it would likely operate a lot like Lowcountry-based company Glasspro. At WINGS, we pride ourselves on “letting our WINGS out”—aka living the Creed we teach—and we consciously strive to be “bus drivers,” meaning that we greet everyone we meet with smiles and the respect deserved.

Read why Glasspro has WINGS!

Hot WingsLearning to appreciate the little things in life is a hard lesson for us all—and it’s especially difficult for kids. At WINGS we teach our kids that everything around them is a blessing, and that the things they want aren’t always the things they need.

Here’s a lesson you can try at home!

Video

What WINGS teaches…from our own kids’ mouths!

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After nearly fifteen years of soaring with WINGS—growing our organization from a summer camp for girls to a four-program operation reaching more than 450 kids a year—WINGS’ fearless founder and CEO, Ginny Deerin, will take flight from the organization she created.

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Jessica is one of our fourth grade Pelicans at North Charleston Elementary School (NCES). We think she’s especially great because she’s able to manage her emotions like a pro, and even when negative situations present themselves, she applies WINGS objectives to help her make responsible decisions.

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- Eleanor Roosevelt


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October

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11-year-old Tyler Wilson of Findlay, Ohio without a doubt has WINGS. We’re all about encouraging our kids to love and accept who they are—inside and out—and Tyler has proven he does just that.

Read what makes Tyler so special.

Hot WingsWe’re all guilty of acting impulsively at times. At WINGS we teach kids the following strategy to help them brainstorm all possible courses of action and predict potential consequences before choosing what action is best to take.

Read how you can use our STORM acronym.

Video

We love this message from Ellen DeGeneres. And we’re so glad she’s taking a stance and making this a teachable moment for us all. Watch it.


The October issue of Harvard Business Review featured an article entitled, “The Emerging Capital Market for Nonprofits.” The message is that the model for nonprofit giving is shifting away from financial reports and moving more toward accountability. We’ve long held ourselves accountable for delivering on our outcomes around WINGS, and this is an encouraging article for us as we move into the latter stages of our Five Year Flight Plan: an important evaluation period for us.

What does this mean for WINGS?


Lisandro is in his second year at WINGS at North Charleston Elementary School and is a member of the Falcons “nest” of third grade boys. His WINGSLeader, Justin Scott, describes him as living proof of someone who, as our WINGS Creed says, “loves and accepts who he is on the inside.”

Learn why he's so special.


- Oscar Wilde


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September

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One of the most recited stanzas in our WINGS creed reads, “Life’s full of surprises that make me feel different ways. If I can control myself, I will have much better days.” How to react to life’s surprises allows for many teachable moments with our kids. And even outside of WINGS, our staff will admit to pulling this line out when we need to keep things in check.

This month’s He has WINGS recipient, College of Charleston senior Jordan Thomas, serves as the ultimate teachable moment for us all—illustrating how an individual can face a life-defining surprise and even in the midst of their own struggles can use the new hand they have been dealt to show compassion for others.

Read more.

Hot WingsThe ability to communicate emotions is one of the first building blocks we introduce to our kids at the start of the school year, and it’s an easy exercise for families to try at home.

Here's how.


Video


Loving this around WINGS! Stereomood allows you to dial into your emotions in a whole new way.



We think WINGS is pretty great, but it’s nice when we hear it from a trusted outside source—especially when that source is as well-recognized as The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.

WINGS has been selected as the only site nationwide at which UVA’s Curry School of Education will conduct a yearlong experiment testing the link between fine motor skills and improved cognitive math ability in students k-2nd grade.

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Destiny Singleton entered WINGS as a second grader at Memminger Elementary, marking this year her fifth and final year with our program before she’s off to soar to even greater heights.

We consider Destiny one of our WINGS success stories, and it’s in watching Destiny live out the creed and strengthen in her own self-awareness that keeps us charging ahead at WINGS—so we can ultimately equip as many kids as possible with the opportunity to grow in the same fashion.

Learn why she's so great.


- Frederick Douglass


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August

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A big part of the WINGS program is building our children’s self-awareness and ability to, as our creed reads, “Love and accept who I am on the inside.”
Meet 3-year-old Isla Engel Marguerite Mackinnon, who at her early age possesses these WINGS qualities and more.

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Hot WingsWhen times are tough it is easy to feel defeated. It's important for adults to stay positive – and to show how we can turn the negative into positive through affirmative self-talk. One way to teach this to your kids is through the bad apple experiment.

Here's how.


Video


SURFace dog Ricochet inspires us all to use our unique gifts to benefit others.



August marks the start of a new school year here in Charleston County, and there’s an excited buzz among our WINGS staff. Rightfully so—there have been a great number of positive changes to WINGS since school broke for summer, and like our hopes for our new and returning WINGS children, we feel we really have an opportunity to “fly high” this year if we stick to the path we’ve laid out for ourselves.

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We have a motto around WINGS to “be a bus driver”— encouraging us all to be warm, welcoming, and an ambassador for the WINGS creed each and every day. Cheryl is undeniably a bus driver. She’s kind and caring, and we’ve been lucky to have her positive energy floating around our offices this summer before she’s off to serve as Program Director at James Simons Elementary.

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- Marianne Williamson


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July

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Scars left on at-risk kids by their teachers are described in haunting detail in an Education Week column of childhood memories by Marsheila Natachee Ksor, who reminds us of the WINGS Creed: “I love and accept who I am on the inside and know my emotions are nothing to hide.”

Read more.

Hot WingsWant wonderful memories of hitting the road on vacation instead of travel horror stories? Try the UPHOLD strategy.

Here's how.


Video


Watch this video to see the power of the positive.



Praised as a “huge improvement maker,” WINGS CEO Ginny Deerin was named Nonprofit Leader of the Year by Trident United Way. Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said, “If there’s a worthwhile issue in the community, you can bet that Ginny Deerin … is part of it.”

Watch the video tribute.
Read more.


Marcus Wells encourages the kids at WINGS never to give up but he says that actually they are the ones who inspire him to endure. The WINGS Peace Place manager just graduated from the College of Charleston while working two jobs and it was anything but easy.

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- Author Toni Morrison



 

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June

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She Has Wings
With contagious optimism, Suzan Zoukis jumped onboard the Dialin’ and Dancin’ campaign and made a believer of husband Stephen. As the WINGS Creed says, “I am a friend – I support and trust.” Suzan’s early trust showed the way. And the couple’s matching gift doubled the value of other donations.

Read more.

Hot WingsStaying positive is a skill that kids can learn. At WINGS we use the Push and Pull as a constant reminder.

Here's how.


Video


Wings on, the staff shows smooth moves.



No one dreamed that the WINGS Dialin’ and Dancin’ challenge would kick off such a passionate chain reaction. People danced with babies, dogs, miniature American flags, the jerseys of their favorite football team – and flaming yellow rain boots. From the age of 72 down to 11 months, in pouring rain and raging heat, on video and in person, the dancing went on for 28 hours. Forty members of the accounting firm Dixon Hughes were dancing on one of Charleston's busiest street corners.

When the dancing stopped and CEO Ginny Deerin took off her bedraggled white wings, $122,000 had been raised. Staying true to a reputation for uncommon fiscal stability, WINGS met the annual fundraising goal for the 13th year in a row. Doing whatever it takes to stay financially strong allows WINGS to support kids and their families, now and for years to come.

Relive it on video!
Read the AP news report.




Read what our old and new friends had to say about Dialin’ and Dancin’:

Thanks for the opportunity to dance with you. I’m sending a check – less than I’d like – but with great admiration for what you do for young people, this community, and beyond.

OK, I didn’t dance, but YOUR dancing got me to give. WINGS is the only organization I know that it’s actually entertaining to receive updates from!

You all are awesome. I’ll be down to dance and support.

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- Golf champion Arnold Palmer

 

 

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May

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She Has Wings
Listen to this song called “Wings” written just for us. Not really – but listen anyway! “If you’re ever gonna fly without fear, you’re gonna have to learn to love the atmosphere and use those wings that you can’t see,” sings Will Kimbrough on his album of the same name.

Read more.

Hot WingsThe WINGS Creed makes it easier to help kids behave by capitalizing on teachable moments.

Here's how.


Video


Just put on your WINGsuit
and fly away!



He did it! Congressman James Clyburn accepted the WINGS challenge to recite the Creed flawlessly, videotaped in his Capitol Hill office by WINGS kids Destiny, Navarro and Raheim who flew there on a private plane just for the occasion.

Read more.
See photos of the trip.


First-grader Jazmin Brown goes out of her way to live the Creed by being kind and caring to the others in her Egrets Nest and any kids who cross her path. Her WINGSLeader Ms. Michelle says she is especially good at sharing whatever she has with other kids.

Read more.


- Therapist John Gottman




More than 100 staff and kids from WINGS pitched in to help at United Way’s Youth Service Day in April – by far the best participation of any organization.

The after school field’s leading publication, School-Age Notes, spotlights WINGS practices for getting the day’s activities off to a strong start.

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April

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Even before WINGS had a Creed, Mary Utne O’Brien was a living example of all the principles we hold dear. An accomplished educator, she belongs to the small cadre of people responsible for bringing social and emotional learning into the mainstream.

Read more.

Hot WingsHelp kids learn appropriate ways to show they’re paying attention.

Here's how.


Video


WINGS in action: Time Magazine photographer Callie Shell's visit to WINGS



WINGS is featured this month in a publication of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education for using a continuous flow of data to improve the effectiveness of our program. We also received a visit from Priscilla Little of the Harvard Family Research Project as part of an ongoing effort to document successful school partnerships with out-of-school-time programs.

Read more.
See the Harvard article.


Second-graders Zyshonne Rivers and Marquise Brown are the best of friends. Both boys want to be policemen to help free their neighborhood from crime and violence. At WINGS they have been learning to find positive ways to express their emotions.

Read more.


- The Center for Creative Leadership



Amazing WINGS kid Kimberly Bowman - accepted to a record-breaking 20 colleges, offered more than $630,000 in scholarship aid - has decided to attend Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania.

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March

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The real story behind Oscar-winning movie The Blind Side shows how Michael Oher overcame tremendous odds with the help of his adoptive family to make choices that were “what’s best for me to do,” as the WINGS Creed says, and graduate from college and become a first-round NFL draft pick.

Read more.
Watch video.

Hot WingsAt WINGS we use this story to teach kids how their positive emotions are contagious.

Try it.


Video


Grab a kid you love
and watch this video –
you'll soar!



Watch this terrific video that offers a new take on an old problem – procrastination. Now research shows that developing emotional intelligence helps people curb procrastination by strengthening the ability to regulate emotions. Don’t wait another minute!

Procrastinators, this creative and hilarious video is for you!


Colleges are clamoring to admit Kimberly Bowman! More than 20 colleges have accepted her, offering $630,000 in scholarships to this bubbly, outgoing WINGS kid with straight A’s who used to suffer crippling self-doubt as a shy little girl.

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- Abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass


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February

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She Has Wings
Step into their shoes, the WINGS Creed says, and understand how others feel. That’s what YouTube had in mind when inventing a video plea from this teenage boy hounded by cyberbullies. Already 625,000 people have watched this creative campaign to help kids empathize.

Watch cyberbully video.
Read more.


Hot WingsThe importance of upholding agreements really comes home to young kids when you make a promise chain with them.

Here's how.

Video

WINGS in action: Time Magazine photographer
Callie Shell's visit to WINGS



Spreading best practices and developing leaders who understand the power of social and emotional learning supports the WINGS mission. This advocacy work gained a fresh new digital networking tool with the launch of our Listen Lab podcasts.


Read more.
Listen!



Raheim Smith says he used to shoplift treats at the Piggly Wiggly and look for trouble. Now the first in his family to attend college, he credits WINGS with helping him find a path to success.

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- Novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky


 

Pioneering educators explain in this free Feb. 25 Edutopia webinar how to provide effective social and emotional learning.

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January

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The support and trust that the WINGS Creed advocates is exemplified by Wayland and Marion Cato’s gift of an exciting new arts center at the College of Charleston that offers a whole new level of support for artists in our community.

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Hot WingsHere’s a fun way to help kids learn to read social cues and identify the emotions of others, by playing a variation of charades.

Here's how.

Video

Watch this video
about an intriguing iPhone application for kids, dreamed up by an innovative team that includes former WINGSLeader Sara Berliner, featured in this Wall Street Journal write-up.


Congressional leader James Clyburn watched a dance contest, participated in “Heys and Praise” and joined a handshake tutorial on a visit to Memminger Elementary School last week. He told the kids: “I wish I had WINGS when I was growing up!”


Read more.



Everyone has noticed the effort that 2nd-grader Imari Simpson is making in her behavior, and recently she was nominated for the WINGS Silver Award as a result.

Read more.


- James Gross, director of the Stanford Psychophysiology Lab


This month PBS debuted a new series on the vital role that emotions play in a happy, successful life – more evidence of the growing recognition of this Movement to advance social and emotional education.

Preview now.

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