2012 Archive

December

He Has WINGS
Andre Johnson



Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans is scoring some serious points - for kids!

In what has become an annual tradition, the big-hearted NFL player treated a group of underprivileged kids to a Toys "R" Us holiday shopping spree!

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DIY: Free Social Skills
With Our Differences We Can Fly!



At WINGS we think it's really important for our kids to recognize that people celebrate the holidays in a variety of different ways...
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Let us introduce you to GoldieBlox- a toy that encourages girls to take an interest in the typically boy associated play activity of building! Engineer Debbie Sterling created this toy with the goal of better diversifying her field, which is currently 89% male dominated. We applaud her drive and out of the "blox" thinking!
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How the Holidays Spark Empathy
DIY for Adults!

As the holidays approach, it's time to let your empathy shine! Here are some helpful tips to avoid holiday stressers for ourselves and others!
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Meet Kurell




Kurell is a third grader in the Falcon’s Nest at S.L. Lewis Elementary in Atlanta, and this is his first year with WINGS! He says that when he grows up he wants to be a police officer so that he can save people. We think he's off to a great start in saving himself from making bad decisions!
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WINGSLeader Snapshot

Courtney Hambrick, 21




"WINGS has made an impact on my child rearing techniques and changed my overall outlook on how to teach and interact with kids. I've even used WINGS and SEL techniques and curriculum with my nephew which has made a difference, and benefitted him greatly."
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Recent Grants

  • Arby's Foundation + Share Our Strength
  • Saul Alexander Foundation
  • Singing for Change Foundation
  • Grace Episcopal Church
  • Circular Congregation
  • Stranahan Foundation

 

Partners & Publicity

  • CEO Bridget Laird’s interview with ETV’s SC Business Review aired on NPR!
  • GuideStar awarded us with their GuideStar Exchange Seal, signifying a commitment to transparency
  • WINGS was invited to The Giving Party in Mt. Pleasant and graciously walked away with over $12,000 gifted by women in the community
  • Rapport - a fine woman's clothier on King Street - selected WINGS as a beneficiary of their holiday coat drive
  • Dixon Hughes Goodman raised over $1,200 for WINGS and gifted ukuleles, Leapfrog TAG Readers and more!
  • WINGS Board member and friends hosted a breakfast for us and collected over 60 toys and games for our kids!

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November

He Has WINGS
Richard Gorgoglione



Hurricane Sandy's storm surge affected multiple U.S. states causing severe damage and devastation in many areas. Countless people jumped into action showing a wealth of compassion and lending whatever help they could offer. One of those heroes was 51 year-old custodian Richard Goroglione.

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Free Social Skills
Attitude of Gratitude!



Thanksgiving is a great time to remind kids to show appreciation or gratitude. Here's a way to instill a routine of giving gratitude, so that kids remain appreciative throughout the year rather than just the month of November.
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Talk about being thankful! Get a load of this very appreciative little girl!
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This picture’s worth 1,000 words
(or dollars!)

During the first week of WINGS this year, Robert started sporting a new hairdo, just like his WINGSLeader. The above photo speaks to the instant power of our staff and the program we teach.
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Meet Byron




Byron is a fourth grader at Memminger Elementary School and in his fifth year with WINGS. He says that when he grows up, he wants to help people and become, "a doctor who gives birth."
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WINGSLeader Snapshot

Moshawnna Wyche, 22




"I have learned to understand and relate to these kids lives on a personal level. I always try to, as our Creed says, step in their shoes."
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Thanks to everyone for the phenomenal year we had in 2011-12!

Check out our recently released Annual Report!

 

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October

She Has WINGS
Karen Parker



Summerville High School teacher Karen Parker showed kindness and compassion to a foster care student in her classroom, inspiring him to make a difference, and inspiring us to give her WINGS!

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Hot WINGS:
Solving Conflicts Peacefully!

As kids begin to get older and embrace their opinions, they are likely to encounter conflicts with others. It's important to prepare kids for facing adversity by helping them to understand what causes disagreements and how to handle conflict.
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Play is a medium through which children explore, learn, connect and joyfully engage with the surrounding world, and this video from Life is good is...GOOD!
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Community Collaborations
How WINGS works effectively with others

The new academic year is well underway with students, teachers, administrators and parents once again working hard to make a difference in the world.
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Meet Pria




Pria is a 4th grader at Chicora School of Communications and in Ms. Amar's Pelicans Nest. WINGS staffers say that where Pria used to let negative things get her down, she now better manages her frustration and focuses on positive things.
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WINGSLeader Snapshot

Amy Hudacko, 21




"The lessons we teach the kids are only absorbed by them if we model them, so serving with WINGS really makes you step it up as a person."
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Recent Grants

  • Open Grants
  • NoVo Foundation

 

Partners & Publicity

  • REV (Revolutionary Eating Ventures) raised over $15,000 for WINGS in September! We're blown away and SO appreciative!
  • Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook, & Brickman law firm recently gave WINGS $5,000 and have entered us in an online competition to win $10,000 more! Voting takes place throughout the month of October AND you can cast your vote every day. Help us win!
  • Brand new this month, all four Charleston WINGS schools now serve a hot dinner to kids before they head home for the evening. Thanks Lowcountry Foodbank!

 

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September

She Has WINGS
Vanessa Peebles



After seeing a story on her local news that weighed on her, Atlanta, GA resident Vanessa Peebles could have just shrugged it off and gone on with her life, but instead she flew into action.

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Hot WINGS:
Free Social Skills!
Go for the GOAL!

Kids (and often adults) want instant gratification, and it's important to realize that sometimes it takes a series of small actions to lead to a big result!
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Video

We love the lengths that NAB goes to in their commercial to recognize and reward honest people. While good deeds and honesty may not always result in this level of appreciation, they're always the right thing to do.
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Character > Cognition
New book explores what makes children successful

We're always happy to see the mounting research backing our movement, and WINGS cannot get enough of Paul Tough's new book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.
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Meet Joshua




Joshua is a kindergartner in the Robin's Nest at Heritage Elementary School, one of our new Atlanta programs!
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WINGSLeader Snapshot

Jalen Ballard




"I have become more patient and open to everyone in my life. I've grown to understand that everyone has flaws and it is not our place to judge them, but to find ways to embrace and respect everyone."
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Recent Grants

  • The William Bingham Foundation
  • The TJX Foundation

Partners & Publicity

  • A story on WINGS' debut in Atlanta was featured on Atlanta's NPR station, PBA 30/WABE. Listen to the byte here.
  • The Associated Press wrote a WINGS feature that hit the wire and was picked up across the U.S., including San Francisco and Atlanta.
  • REV (Revolutionary Eating Ventures) that owns several hot eateries around Charleston picked WINGS as the beneficiary of their Neighbor to Neighbor week. 5% of sales from five of their restaurants goes directly to WINGS! Eat out 9/19 - 9/26 and click here for more info.
  • WINGS was featured in Paul Bloom's new book Scaling Your Social Venture. Bloom highlights us for our Theory of Change, citing that creating a Theory of Change is in fact the essential first step to delivering impact.

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August

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Allison Creedman



23 year-old AmeriCorps VISTA Allison Creedman completed her year of service with us this month and has impacted our organization for years to come. She is positive and passionate, and has tackled every task assigned to her beyond expectations and with a smile. AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty.

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Hot WINGS:
Free Social Skills
Beyond the Book bag.
Get ready for school the right way


Buying a backpack and stocking it with freshly sharpened pencils and brand new books is one of the ways to get kids ready for school. There are, however, other useful tools parents can provide their kids that go far beyond school supplies in a book bag.
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We just love this Dell commercial featuring a creative and determined fifth grader named Annie, the girl who dreamed she could fly.
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Pushing Capable College Students into the Working World
How WINGSLeaders are a bright part of the future

Over the last 16 years we’ve helped thousands of kids soar in school, life, and on to college and other promising endeavors.
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Meet ShaDawn




School hasn’t even started and rising 1st grader ShaDawn is already impressing us with her WINGS savvy!
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Recent Grants

  • Motley Rice
  • Coastal Carolina Combined Federal Campaign
  • The Arby's Foundation

Partners & Publicity

  • We've teamed up with Lowcountry Live to film a reoccurring series "Tuesday's Child"
  • Picked as a beneficiary of D.R.E.A.M.'s Back to School Campaign
  • The Arby’s Foundation, in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign visited us with Arby’s lunch and fun activities on their Hungry For Happiness mobile tour
  • We partnered with the Lowcountry Foodbank so that all 100 of our camp kids could get a free lunch for the week
  • Moe's Southwest Grille, Kickin Chicken, and Jim ‘n Nick’s donated food for our training - we love you!

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July

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Oscar Pistorious



His sport has him pounding the ground, but we think Oscar Pistorius soars!

This 25 year old South African sprinter has had a long journey rife with hurdles, but he has overcome them through unwavering determination and is set to become the first double amputee athlete to compete at the Olympics.

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Hot WINGS:
Free Social Skills
Push Out The Negative. Pull In The Positive.

Positive self-talk makes kids feel like a champion whether they're shooting for Olympic gold or an A+ on a test.
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This touching video from the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games reminds us that if you don't give up, you cannot fail.
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Going for Gold Every Day:
WINGS kids use same skills as Olympic Athletes to win Gold, Silver, Bronze

The 2012 London Summer Olympics will showcase the world's best athletes – extraordinary talents who have perfected their craft and reached such a high level of excellence not only because of their impressive physical capabilities, but also through practicing social and emotional (SE) skills.
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Meet Danielle




This standout student is a rising 5th grader who will be launching into her 4th year with WINGS this August. She's proven a quick study with the WINGS learning objectives and has done a superb job of absorbing and implementing them into her daily life. She has awards to prove it!
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Recent Grants

  • Trident United Way
  • William Penn Foundation
  • Mark Elliot Motley Foundation
  • PGA Championship Tour
  • Glasspro

Partners & Publicity

  • Top 50 Nominee for Charleston Magazine's Giving Back Award - vote here!
  • Featured as one of Top Four After School Programs by nerdwallet.com
  • Picked as beneficiary of Cupcake and Westbrook Brewing Company Pairing Party
  • Secured over 15 community partners for this school year. See list!

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June

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Clara Pilley

Ten-year-old Clara Pilley of Mount Pleasant is on a mission. With the help of her friends and the community, she hopes to have the key to help end homelessness in the Lowcountry.

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Hot WINGS:
Free Social Skills
Batter up! Listen up!

The hectic summer is upon us and kids will be heading in every direction. Home (or camp) will literally become "home base" for everyone coming and going. Stay connected with your kids and maintain effective listening and communication by playing Batter Up!
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This parrot not only has wings, but lives WINGS. He certainly knows that his emotions are nothing to hide!
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Riding the Wave of SEL: Social and Emotional Movement Swells

Slowly gaining speed, SEL has caught serious momentum over the last five years. What a thrill it's been to ride the wave of advancement and continue to be in good company as research mounts: SEL is a critical piece of education reform.
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Meet Dayvonte

Dayvonte is a member of the Heron's nest and just completed the fourth grade at James Simons Elementary School. His WINGSLeader Juan describes him as a kind, caring and helpful young man who makes good decisions.
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A leader is the wave pushed ahead by the ship.
  — Leo Tolstoy

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Major Grants & Gifts

  • Sisters of Charity of SC Fndtn
  • AmeriCorps GA
  • Belk Fndtn
  • Hertzman-Fishman Fndtn
  • Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman
  • Wells Fargo

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May

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He Has WINGS
Chade-Meng Tan

Chade-Meng Tan, known widely as Meng, was one of Google's earliest engineers and these days holds the official title of Jolly Good Fellow (which nobody can deny). His unusual job title started as a joke, but eventually became real, and is well deserved.
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Hot WINGS:
Free Social Skills
March to Your Own Beat

As summer arrives, kids will be headed in different directions. Some may be headed to camp; some may hang out at home and in the neighborhood, while others may stay with grandparents or other family members.
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This Procter & Gamble commercial honors everything that all moms do to help their children succeed by showcasing the amazing moms behind Olympic athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Happy Mother's Day!

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This Leader Gave Her Nest WINGS!

Trinice Bowens long ago left Charleston to pursue a teaching career, first in Atlanta and now in Greenville. But she never truly left WINGS, nor the nest she helped build more than a decade ago as a WINGSLeader at Memminger Elementary! Later this month, she'll return to the Lowcountry to cheer on six members of that original nest (she was their leader in grades 1 – 3) as they graduate from Burke and St. Johns high schools.
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Meet Princess

A 3rd grader in Ms. Kim's Cardinals nest at Chicora Elementary School, Princess is known for always having a smile on her face. She is completing her 3rd year with WINGS and has made great strides in her time with us developing exemplary self-management and social awareness skills.
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Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.

— Oprah Winfrey

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April

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Elise Testone



Charleston-based singer Elise Testone has soared to American Idol's Top 7 this season with her enchanting raspy voice and ability to connect with the audience through her emotions. However her success didn't come as a direct flight. Elise had to put forth great time, effort, and feeling in her pursuit. While undeniably talented, it's her emotional transparency, hard work, and relentless dedication to her craft that have earned Elise her WINGS.
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Hot WINGS:
Free Social Skills

Consequences Make Sense!

Many parents and educators are saying the same thing: “My kids don't listen to me.” There could be several reasons for this; however, a very common cause is consequences are not being implemented in an effective manner.
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This video from the show Britain's Got Talent reminds us that we shouldn't judge others or underestimate them based on their external appearance. Prepare for goosebumps!

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  WINGS hosts special screening of the film Bully opening weekend.



The spotlight on bullying has grown brighter with the premiere of the full-length documentary Bully. WINGS is honored to gather our Charleston community together for a special screening to keep the conversation going and shine an even brighter light on the skills that combat this national epidemic. In collaboration with Terrace Theaters, WINGS will host a special screening opening weekend on Sunday, April 22nd at 4pm.
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Meet Akasha



Akasha is a fourth grader and member of the Blue Jays nest at Memminger Elementary School. She's in her fifth year with WINGS and strives to not only make the best choices for herself, but she also goes out of her way to encourage other kids to do the same.
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Use what talents you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang the best.

— Henry Van Dyke





WINGS CEO, Bridget Laird and U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan

 

     

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March

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James Hundley

At WINGS we emphasize the importance of having a positive attitude and persevering in the face of disappointment and less than ideal circumstances. Our attitudes influence not only our own mood and behavior, but the mood and behavior of others too, and choosing to be positive can go a long way! This month's WINGS recipient, postal worker James Hundley, has an exemplary attitude. He is a happiness contagion spreading cheer daily to everyone he encounters!
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Hot WINGS:
Free Social Skills

TRUST Is a Must

Help your child learn how to be trustworthy and resist the urge to join the gossip game with this exercise.
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Video

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We generally like to keep things on the light and bright side, but at WINGS we teach our kids that emotions are nothing to hide, and TV host Anderson Cooper exemplifies that in this touching interview with his mother when discussing his brother's suicide.

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Hotlanta Here We Come!

After years of strategic planning and thoughtful replication here in Charleston, SC, we are proud to officially announce that our WINGSpan is going regional — and the first stop is Atlanta, GA.

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Meet Jamaal

Jamaal is a 3rd grader at North Charleston Elementary School and in his third year with WINGS. His favorite line of The Creed is "working together is a must," because he says that it means you want to help others, and Jamaal most certainly does.
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It's not maybe so sexy, but the only way to build a first-class education system is through the long, hard work.

— Wendy Kopp,
Founder, Teach for America




 

     

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February

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Sara Ferguson

This literacy and math teacher at Columbus Elementary School in Chester, Pennsylvania became the spokeswoman in the initiative to work without pay when the district revealed that it could no longer afford to pay its staff.
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Help kids catch and hold onto their strengths so they can love and accept themselves.
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Video

Check out the WINGS-wide fun that was had for Superbowl XLIV. Across the schools, WINGS kids formed teams, had cheerleaders, served concessions, and announced scores - all in the spirit of fun and teamwork! Enjoy - and Gooooooooo WINGS!

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The Value of Happiness

We strive for all members of our team to feel energized and enthusiastic about the work we are doing. In essence, we want them to be happy. So, when we saw the Harvard Business Review's February Spotlight about happiness in the workplace, we couldn't wait to dig in and assess ourselves.

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Stephanie is a 3rd grader at North Charleston Elementary School and in her 3rd year at WINGS.
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January

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Remembering a champion of Education

On November 3rd, Ben Marino lost his courageous battle to leukemia, leaving behind a legacy of philanthropy, generosity and education advocacy.
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Life gets hectic and it's hard to keep up sometimes, so it's important to stop and soak up the energy and spirit of kids.
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Video

Get inspired by the motivational speech this young boy gives after learning how to ride his bike.

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WINGS CEO Participates in National Webinar

This month our CEO, Bridget Laird participated as 1 of 4 panelists in a national webinar with over 600 registrants entitled How Can Monitoring Your Organization's Performance Lead to Fundraising Success?

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Kendall is a 3rd grader at Chicora School of Communications and is in his 3rd year with WINGS.
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“Our children may learn about heroes of the past. Our task is to make ourselves architects of the future.”

— Jomo Mzee Kenyatta



 

     

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