2011 Archive

December

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He Has WINGS
Gabriel Angelo

This Little Drummer Trumpet Boy reminds us how great it feels to give and to pay it forward as he aims to soar to great heights!
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The holidays are a very exciting time for kids but they can also be a very stressful time for parents.
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Are you a philanthropist?

A group in Seattle will share all the ways, big or small, one can be philanthropic and have you inspired to say: Yes, I am a Philanthropist.

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WINGS nabs highest rating from Charity Navigator!

Recently WINGS was awarded a 4-star rating, the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is America's premier independent charity evaluator — so we're thrilled!

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“If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”

— Bob Hope



 

     

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October

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Raymond Johnson

Just 3 months ago, 26 year old Raymond Johnson of Cross, SC was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer- a disease generally associated with women, but also found in men.
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Teaching kids how to be responsible, caring, polite, etc. can be tricky.
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Video

Check out this video featuring famous people who overcame setbacks and failure. Life = Risk.

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WINGS CEO Among an Elite Group of Leaders at National Symposium

In early October our CEO, Bridget Laird was honored to attend a symposium entitled Tough Times, Creative Measures: What Will it Take to Help the Social Sector Embrace an Outcomes Culture.

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Xavion is a 5th grader in his second year with us at WINGS and has been a quick study.
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“The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!”

— Marvin Phillips




 

     

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September

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He Has WINGS
Harry E. Johnson, Sr.

As President and CEO of the MLK, Jr. Memorial Project Foundation, Harry Johnson, Sr. wanted to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by creating a memorial on the National Mall.
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Get more than a one-word answer with Open-Ended Inquiries!
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We encourage our kids at WINGS to go above and beyond and soar! Check out this video about innovative, out of the box thinking from Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

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Local Couple Gifts $1 Million:
Game-changer for WINGS, Kids, and Philanthropy


In a time when nonprofits are looking for funding behind every door, we found support in our very own backyard!

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Kadelyn is a second grader at James Simmons Elementary School and in her second year with us at WINGS. Read what makes her so great.
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“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

— Theodore Roosevelt


 

     

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August

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She Has WINGS
Diana Nyad

She dreamt it, trained for it, and lived it. Although she didn't end up reaching her goal, Diana Nyad definitely has WINGS for persevering and being self-aware!
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Sometimes talking with a child feels like talking to a wall! Kids have so much going and sometimes they just can't focus on what is being told to them. Guess what? There is an easier answer than raising your voice or nagging the child for not listening.
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Video

Mutual of Omaha - sponsor of life's aha moments - asked CEO Bridget Laird to share her lightbulb story. Watch why Bridget knew it was imperative to give as many kids WINGS as she could. (1:36)

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WINGS Study Receives $2.8 Million from U.S. Department of Education

We're bursting at the seams around WINGS to release this news to the masses! The Institute for Education Sciences—the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education—announced they will award University of Virginia's Curry School of Education a $2.8 million grant to conduct a study of the impact of our program.

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Danyel is a 5th grader at North Charleston Elementary School entering her 3rd year with us at WINGS. Read what makes her so great.
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"A problem is a chance for you to do your best."

— Duke Ellington


 

     

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July

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He Has WINGS
Roger Weissberg

Thanks to Roger Weissberg, President of Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), a national initiative has launched to make social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of every child's educational experience. The goal is to effectively advance scientific research on SEL, expand practices and build the field as a whole. SEL for everyone? Yes, please. Roger — you've got WINGS!
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Feel like a broken record, giving the same demands over and over in order to eliminate negative behaviors?
Learn Disregard and Divert.

Video

Change your words, change your world. Check out this video from the U.K. that proves there's power in the way we communicate.

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AmeriCorps National Competitive Grant awards more than $200,000 to WINGS!

Momentum is building around WINGS right now as we prepare to grow and serve more kids across the nation. AmeriCorps just patted our back with a national grant of $203,059!

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Olga is one of our fifth graders at Chicora Elementary, and we love her for setting a soaring example. Read what makes her so great.
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"Some men look at things the way they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that are not and ask, 'Why not?'"

— Robert F. Kennedy


 

     

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June

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He's got WINGS
Channing Proctor

What makes Channing Proctor, founder of the Charleston Miracle League, stand out is not his 6'8" stature — it's his empathy and energy for the disabled kids and adults he serves. By stepping into the shoes of kids and adults with disabilities, Channing has spread smiles, fun and homeruns across the Lowcountry. Channing Proctor — you've got wings!
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Its summertime - time for fun in the sun! Unfortunately, summer is also a time when routines get thrown out the window. Since kids thrive on routine, the summer can be a very trying time for parents as boundaries are tested. Reward Raffles are a quick and fun way to help your kids stay on track.
Here is how it works.

Video

At WINGS we love all things Google. This video shines a light on why we do: because they make it easy for us to tell our kids' story. Prepare for goosebumps.

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WINGS brings home first prize in National Competition

Earlier this month Bridget Laird and Adam Pomerantz traveled to New York City as one of three finalists in the Social Impact Exchange Business Plan Completion where WINGS brought home the top prize!

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Shanay was a fourth grader last year at James Simons Elementary. We think she's extremely special, and we love her for proving how high kids can soar after just one year of social and emotional guidance.
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"Success is where preparation and opportunity meet."

— Bobby Unser


 

     

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May

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She has WINGS
Windy Tuck

Last month U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, addressed 51 Mom Congress delegates with these words: "Preparing our children for success in school and in life is everyone's responsibility, and as their child's first teacher, parents have a crucial role to play"—words that this month's She has WINGS winner, Windy Tuck, lives by.
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As the school year comes to a close we focus our attention on teaching kids important relationship skills. One way we do this is to help kids understand how working together, and using the "Four Cs", can help land them in a win/win situation.
Here's how we do it.

Video

A WINGSY message from one mother to her son.

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Bright Lights, Big City - WINGS Finalist in Major Competition

WINGS was just named one of the finalists in the Social Impact Exchange's annual business plan competition. More than 100 nonprofits submitted strategy papers outlining their growth models. From that group, 29 organizations advanced to the second round and submitted full business plans. From the 29 nonprofits to make it to round II, three are going to New York — and we're one! Chief Executive Officer, Bridget Laird and Director of Business Affairs, Adam Pomerantz will represent WINGS.

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De'Troy, one of our youngest WINGS kids, reminds us it's never too early to start soaring. In just his first year at WINGS he's mastering the social and emotional life lessons we're teaching every day.
Read why he soars.


"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."

- Albert Einstein


 

     

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April

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He Has WINGS
Mr. Wright

"Be a bus driver", "let your WINGS out"—we have lots of phrases we use to encourage our kids and staff to embody our social and emotional lessons on a daily basis, and Mr. Wright is doing it all.
Read why he's so great!


Strong relationship skills are must-haves in any social and emotional education. In order to teach our kids how to better value teamwork as well as their individual contributions in a group setting, we use this TEAM acronym.
Read how here.

Video

As our Creed says, "working together is a must", and this is a beautiful video reminder.

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WINGS Celebrates Kids' #1 Teachers: Parents

"If Children are to succeed in school and in life, parents have to be committed and engaged in supporting their children's education." Sounds like something said here in WINGS' halls, but this was pulled from a recent media conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

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Kierystn is one of our stand-out WINGS kids at Memminger Elementary. The second grader and member of the Cardinals nest is wise beyond her seven years and soars with social and emotional skills we wish for all our kids.
Read what makes her so amazing!

"The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them."

- Ralph Nichols


 

     

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March

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He Has WINGS
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson soars with WINGS, and he's not afraid to tell us why! We've had our eye on this astrophysicist for a while here at WINGS. Not only has he earned unmatched accolades in his field, but he's quite the champion for educating tomorrow's leaders with the skills to really fly.
Read why he's so great!

 

As part of our three-week Social Awareness push we teach kids how to increase their sensitivity to individual preferences and appreciate the point of view of others. One way we do this is through our "March to your own beat" exercise.
Here's how we do it.

Video

It's often said a smile is contagious, which is why at WINGS we encourage others to be "bus drivers" to everyone they meet. In this case, baby Micah proves laughter, too, is contagious!

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New Metrics Show WINGS Kids Fly High

We’re in the last three month stretch of WINGS, and (drumroll!) the results are in—our most recent measure of WINGS kids’ progress, as compared to non-WINGS kids, in their respective schools. If we do say so ourselves, we couldn't be happier with the numbers!

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Sarah, a second year WING'er at Chicora Elementary, is one of our clearest examples of WINGS in action!
Read why she's so impressive.

"The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn."

- John Lubbock


 

     

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February

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They Have WINGS
The Guest Services Crew at Charleston Place Hotel

Granted, most of the individuals who chose to enter a career in guest services are "people pleasers," and you can expect to see them exhibit kind and caring behavior while on the job. But what makes the 21-person guest services team at Charleston Place Hotel so special is the way they extend a healthy dose of kind and empathetic behavior to guests, colleagues, and passerbys alike, both on and off the clock. Read why they're so great!

 
YES MESS

One of our favorite lines of the WINGS Creed, recited daily at our program, reads "I understand the choices I make should be what's best for me to do." However, seeing the best course of action isn't always easy for kids! We use "YES MESS" to teach our kids the art of positive decision making. If they answer YES to any of the questions, they are in a YES MESS.
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Video

Life is full of risks. Find your motivation here.

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Battling Bullying with SEL

At WINGS we teach our kids how to step into the shoes of others and how to make good decisions. While these have long been cornerstones of our program at WINGS, they're now found to also be important tools to help prevent kids against long-term damage often caused by emotional scarring.

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Shakeila is a stand-out second grader and member of the Doves nest at Chicora Elementary. Not only does she strive to make the best choices for herself, but she goes out of her way every day to motivate fellow WINGS kids to also reach their personal best.
Read why Shakeila soars!
"All learning has an emotional base."

- Plato


     

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January

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She Has WINGS
Keisha Jones

At WINGS we’re focused on providing kids with the social and emotional tools they need to soar well into adulthood. But an added bonus for us is being able to reach our WINGS staff with those same life skills. Keisha Jones, who soared on our staff for five years—two as a WINGSLeader and three as a Program Director—proves that being socially and emotionally sound can help you tackle anything life throws your way. Read more.

 
Encouraging Kids to 'Show Their ID'

Playing the blame game is something we are all guilty of at one time or another, but at WINGS we encourage kids to "show their ID," taking responsibility for their actions, good or bad.
Try this with kids.

Video

This year commit to being your own best company. There’s an art to feeling comfortable and happy solo, and it’s not hard to master…promise!

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More Research Proving Kids Need What We Teach

As the Obama administration charges forward with plans focused on getting more kids to college and into the workforce, research shows that many of our kids aren’t emotionally ready for the stresses and challenges that each present. This unfortunately is no surprise to us, but we couldn’t agree more with the research that points to social and emotional curriculum as a tool to fully prepare kids for adulthood.

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Alisha is one of our second graders at James Simons Elementary. A member of the Egrets nest, Alisha is extra special—managing her emotions like a pro after only six months with WINGS.

Read why she’s so great!

"While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us."

-Ben Franklin


     

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