2013 Archive

November

Witnessing Transformation
One Staffer Shares her life-changing moment

This Thanksgiving, we're thankful to have smart, caring young people as mentors to our kids.
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DIY: Free Social Skills You've Got Talent - Learning to value personal strengths


Family members, friends, and material items are all things to give thanks for, but this year, try to take some time to be thankful for the strengths you have within yourself!
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Remember this enthusiastic acceptance speech from Cuba Gooding, Jr.? Talk about thankful!
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Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company



A Lowcountry staple since 1947, and favorite grocer of WINGS, said goodbye this month to many of its patrons in the chain's hometown, Charleston.

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Meet Diarra




Diarra is a 1st grader in the Sparrows Nest at Heritage Elementary School in Atlanta, and in his second year with WINGS. He says that he wants to be a fireman when he grows up...
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WINGer Snapshot

Kotatti Browne, 24




"My favorite part of serving with WINGS is being able to get on the same level with the kids and have fun! We have such a blast together and I know they're not only absorbing valuable life lessons, but also having a great time doing it!"
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Recent Grants

  • Lake City Partnership Council
  • Sara Giles Moore Foundation
  • Open Grants at Coastal Community Foundation
  • Motley Rice, LLC
  • Runamuck Fund at Toledo Community Foundation
  • Fifth Third Bank

Partners & Publicity

Our partners are awesome! Check out our latest Annual Report to see why:

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October

NC & SC High Performing Orgs Gather in Charlotte to talk Social Impact Bonds

And WINGS was there!



Last month, the Nonprofit Finance Fund and the Institute for Child Success selected a handful of high performing non-profits from South Carolina and North Carolina to participate in a regional discussion on social impact bonds and outcome measurements.
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DIY: Free Social Skills Working Together With The Four C's

The Four C’s are a helpful tool in teaching kids to work together and find a solution that suits everyone.
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This 3 minute commercial is more powerful than many full length films. So little dialogue, but not a word is missing.
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They Have WINGS
Sangaree Middle School Students



When the 7th grade students in Ms. Halbrooks’ class learned that their beloved teacher was battling stage 4 breast cancer, they wanted to do something to show their support for her.

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Meet Taneya




Taneya is a 4th grader in the Dove’s Nest at James Simons Elementary School and in her third year with WINGS. She says that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up and her WINGSLeader, Ms. Amber, says that with Taneya’s caring nature towards others, she’s sure to make a great one!
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WINGer Snapshot

Elijah Taylor, 20




"Everyone loves Mr. Elijah. His charisma and dedication make him an amazing role model for kids and a great representation of WINGS."
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Wish List

  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Hula Hoops
  • Kick Balls
  • Basketballs
  • Soccer Balls
  • Kid size running shoes
  • Ukuleles
  • Wireless hands-free mic
  • Tennis Equipment
  • High yield printer
  • White/black kid size t-shirts
  • Gift cards for staff incentives

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September

New York Times asks "Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?"

We say YES!



On September 11th, New York Times Magazine published a story, "Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?" With gusto, our WINGS Team squawked "Heck yeah!"
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DIY: Free Social Skills All Aboard for the Trait Train

Everyone has a unique personality, and at WINGS we teach kids to recognize their unique personality traits so they become more self-aware.
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"Sometimes the little things last the longest." Who knew a gum commercial could get you so emotional?
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Amy Poehler



Amy Poehler is known for the hilarious characters she portrays on movies and television, but this funny girl is also a smart girl; and an inspiring one too!

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Meet Stephanie




Stephanie is a member of the Raven's Nest at North Charleston Elementary School and in her fifth and final year with WINGS before flying off to middle school next fall.
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WINGer Snapshot

Andrey Gause, 20




"Andrey is very diligent in everything that he does. You can tell that he has a real passion for working with kids and loves WINGS."
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With the launch of the 2013-14 school year we have spread our WINGS to 3 regions and 7 schools, serving more than 800 kids each day!





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August

Here We Grow Again!

Lookout, Lake City, SC



We can’t keep our mouths shut any longer: WINGS is growing to rural Lake City, S.C. and making a home in Main Street Elementary School.
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DIY: Free Social Skills Soar in School Video

The start of school can be a tough time. Kids go from swimming, staying up late, and playing outside all day to sitting in a desk all day. As the school year approaches, here are three tips to make sure kids soar through the school year!
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We love actor Ashton Kutcher’s speech from this year's Teen Choice Awards!

"Build a life, don't just live one, build one."

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Anthony Cymerys



82-year-old Anthony Cymerys is a self-taught barber who has an exclusive clientele. Every Wednesday, he sets up shop in Hartford's Bushnell Park and gives haircuts to Connecticut's homeless. The fee for his services is the same for everyone: a hug.

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Meet Antonio




Antonio began first grade this week at Chicora School of Communications, and is kicking off his second year with WINGS. When he grows up, he says that he wants to be a football player!
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WINGer Snapshot

Keyasia Gathers, 23




"Keyasia has such a vibrant heart and driven energy. She is going to do great things with WINGS, and Lake City is blessed to have her!"
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Recent Grants

  • 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants
  • Bennett Thrasher Foundation

Partners & Publicity

  • Our sweet partners at Cupcake downsouth held a Back-to-School Drive to benefit WINGS kids!
  • Thanks to Jack Alterman of Alterman Studios for gifting lovely head shots of our CEO, soon to be seen on our website!
  • Moe's Southwest Grill gifted us a fiesta providing lunch for 120+ WINGSLeaders at training. This marks the 5th year of generosity from our friends at Moe's. Thank you!
  • The Kickin’ Chicken, Jim ‘n Nicks, and Hubee D’s also generously helped us out with discounted camp lunches this year!
  • Poe's Tavern is giving a portion of the proceeds to WINGS on Oct. 16th, and Dec. 12th as part of REV's Neighbor to Neighbor Campaign!

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July

WINGS Wins
$2.5 Million Grant to Heighten Social & Emotional Learning



In our 17th year of serving kids, our hearts are bursting with pride in seeing our vision of expansion become a reality!
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DIY: Free Social Skills Heys and Praise Video

With the July heat upon us, kids may begin to feel agitated and bored as the unstructured summer days continue. You may be surprised at how a small amount of praise can boost their spirits!
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There are still people that could stand to take a cue from these kids. Watch their reaction to a "racy" Cheerios commercial and let it remind you what this world is really all about.
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Abbey Curran



The bright and beautiful Abbey was born with a form of cerebral palsy that affects the movement in the lower half of her body. But what that teacher failed to recognize is that she was also born with the will to do anything she set her mind to...

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Meet Ganaris




Ganaris just completed the fifth grade at North Charleston Elementary School and his third year with WINGS. He says that when he grows up, he wants to be a chemist!
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WINGSLeader Snapshot

Olivia Cifaldi, 21




Olivia is a hard worker and goes to great lengths to get to know not only her girls in the Doves nest, but all WINGS kids. She always has a smile on her face and a ton of energy. She is a team player and is always looking for ways to improve.
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Recent Grants

  • The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
  • Sisters of Charity
  • The Zeist Foundation
  • The Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation
  • The Joanna Foundation
  • Katz Foundation
  • Pathfinder Foundation

Partners and Publicity:

  • WINGS has been nominated for Nonprofit of the Year in Charleston magazine's Giving Back Awards! VOTE HERE
  • Thanks to the College of Charleston for housing our Program Director/Assistant Institute this month!
  • Poe's Tavern is giving a portion of the proceeds to WINGS on Aug. 9th, Oct. 16th, and Dec. 12th as part of REV's Neighbor to Neighbor Campaign!
  • The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Airpt-Conv Ctr has Jean Friday's. Staff pay $1 to wear jeans, and for the next 6 months those dollars go to WINGS!

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June

Creed College Park!


In celebration of completing our very first year in Atlanta, we decided to have a little fun last month! So, in an effort to inform and excite people in College Park, GA about WINGS, we let our staff loose on the community to spread the word and recognize those they spotted living the WINGS Creed. We Creeded College Park!
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DIY: Free Social Skills Reading and Seeding! Video

Summer has officially begun! It’s now time for ice cream, swimming, staying up late, bike riding, playing with friends, and READING!
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Three cheers for this Dad and all other Dads that take time for their kids!
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Katie Jones



Katie Jones, a medical support assistant at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Urbandale, Iowa, decided to celebrate her 34th birthday a bit differently this year - with 34 random acts of kindness throughout her community.

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Meet Jameria




Jameria is a rising third grader at S.L. Lewis Elementary School in Atlanta, and just completed her very first year with WINGS. When she grows up, she says she would like to be a singer and song writer!
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WINGSLeader Snapshot

Brandon Nicholson, 22




"During my time as a WINGSLeader I've learned a lot about myself. I have learned how to "let my WINGS out" and step up as a leader. I've also learned to be more patient."
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Recent Grants

  • Belk Foundation
  • Sara Giles Moore Foundation
  • Mark Elliot Motley Foundation
  • University of Missouri's Alternative Spring Break Program

Partners and Publicity:

  • Luxury pet store Harry Barker donated a portion of sales from May 22 - May 26th to WINGS!
  • The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Airpt-Conv Ctr has Jean Friday's. Staff pay $1 to wear jeans, and for the next 6 months those dollars go to WINGS!
  • Poe's Tavern is giving a portion of the proceeds to WINGS on Jun. 26th, Aug. 9th, Oct. 16th, and Dec. 12th as part of REV's Neighbor to Neighbor Campaign!

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May

CREATO Before Spoleto

HAPPENING NOW!
An online art auction by WINGS kids for WINGS programs!


CREATO Before Spoleto is an online art auction and fundraiser going on now through the 22nd of May. The auction features pieces produced by WINGS kids and will help to kick off the Spoleto season in Charleston.
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DIY: Free Social Skills Yes, you MAY smile! Video

Kids are often taught not to brag or "rub it in" when they experience success or triumph, but this doesn’t mean they should hide their joyful feelings.
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Take the 9 minutes and 22 seconds to watch this video. You WILL NOT regret it.
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Frankie Antonelli



Frankie is a smart, handsome, funny, athletic, and popular 15-year-old. Like his two brothers, and many other kids his age, he is an active young man and plays basketball, soccer, baseball, kickball, golf, and he swims. Unlike his brothers, Frankie happens to have Down Syndrome- a genetic abnormality that is a part of him, but in no way defines him or who he is.

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Meet Andre




Andre is a second grader at Memminger Elementary School and in his first year with WINGS. He is a proud member of the Orioles Nest and says that one day, when he's in college, he would like to become a WINGSLeader himself.
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WINGSLeader Snapshot

Arielle White, 20




"The skills that we teach not only help the kids, but they also help me. I have learned how to better deal with stress which is something that comes with being a college student."
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WINGS Graduates!
Dates/Times for graduation celebrations:

  • Heritage Elem (ATL) 5/16 @ 5pm
  • S.L. Lewis Elem (ATL) 5/15 @ 5pm
  • Chicora Elem (CHS) 5/22 @ 5pm
  • N. Chs Elem (CHS) 5/23 @ 5pm
  • J. Simons Elem (CHS) 5/23 @ 5pm
  • Memminger Elem (CHS) 5/23 @ 5pm

Recent Grants

  • MeadWestvaco
  • Hertzman-Fishman Foundation
  • Katz Foundation
  • Sticky Fingers – Mt. Pleasant
  • Kickin’ Chicken – Downtown
  • Poe’s – Sullivan’s Island

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April

Are We Looking at Charity the Wrong Way?
If you watch one video on philanthropy, this should be it! Dan Pallotta: The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong

Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done and achieve.
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DIY: Free Social Skills Keep it up! Video

As the end of the school year approaches, kids may begin to run out of steam. Maintain momentum by encouraging kids to "keep it up!"
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It's impossible not to smile while watching 89-year-old Carol Lyn Black lip sync to Annette Handshaw's 1929 hit 'Happy Days Are Here Again'. Here's wishing you a happy day!
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He Has WINGS
Robert Scanlon, Jr.



For as big a fan as Rob was of WINGS, we were even bigger fans of his. He was not only a friend, but a member of the WINGS family, and he will be sorely missed. We know that he is now sporting a beautiful pair of wings.

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Meet Alliyah




"We learn a lot of things at WINGS to help us be successful as we grow up," Alliyah says, "and I really enjoy being able to be myself!"
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WINGSLeader Snapshot

Courtney Browne, 22




"I've been immersed in a culture that was previously foreign to me. The staff, as well as the kids, have taught me valuable lessons. I have learned to be patient, accept others, be confident, and pursue new opportunities."
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Recent Grants

  • Blackbaud Fund
  • Church of Christ Our King

Partners & Publicity

  • We are part of Kickin' Chicken's Month of Giving! On Thursday, April 25th, 10% of the proceeds from sales at the downtown Kickin' Chicken location will be donated to WINGS!

Save the Date

  • CREATO before Spoleto - an online art auction by WINGS kids for WINGS programs is happening 5/15 - 5/22. Stay tuned for more details!

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March

WINGS Alumni
Staff Reunion

17 years and hundreds of miles didn't stop 65+ alumni from gathering on Sullivan's Island, SC

It’s not typical for a workplace to hold reunions. After all, who really wants to see a former boss and coworkers from "that college job?" Chock it up to another characteristic that makes WINGS unique – because we couldn’t wait to gather 17 years of staff in one place!
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DIY: Free Social Skills Put some spring into your step with these SHOES! Video

Whether you are a kid or an adult, one of the hardest things to learn is how to "step into the shoes of others" and practice social awareness. Once this skill is mastered however, the benefits are enormous!
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Soar more! These people are fearless and love to fly!
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Kelly Rae Roberts



When we stumbled across this talented artist and writer's work, we were blown away! Not only are her pieces beautiful and inspiring, but they couldn't be any more WINGSy! From her optimistic messages to the wings and birds that appear so often in her work, it's evident that she has been a fellow winged one for years!

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Meet Khorin




When asked what her favorite thing about being in WINGS is, Khorin said, "I like that we learn to support other people when they need it, like when they are shy like I am or need help."
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WINGSLeader Snapshot

Crystal Johnson, 22




Crystal is an outstanding and hardworking WINGSLeader that is on her way to greatness! She not only does a wonderful job teaching and coaching the kids on how to live the Creed but she is an awesome example of how we all should live the Creed.
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BIG NEWS!

We're in the Top 10 for Edna McConnell Clark Foundation's Social Innovation Fund competition! With more than 180 applicants across 50 states -we're thrilled to be one of 10 finalists.

Recent Grants

  • The William Penn Foundation
  • Speedwell Foundation
  • United Way of Greater Atlanta
  • The Bill, Jennie & Harry Ackerman Foundation Trust
  • The Susan R. and John W. Sullivan Foundation

Wish List

  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Hula Hoops
  • Kick balls
  • Basket balls
  • Soccer balls
  • Kid size running shoes
  • Ukuleles
  • Wireless hands-free mic
  • Tennis equipment
  • High yield printer
  • White/black kid size t-shirts
  • Gift cards for staff incentives

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February

WINGS Alumni
Staff Reunion

17 years and hundreds of miles didn't stop 65+ alumni from gathering on Sullivan's Island, SC

It’s not typical for a workplace to hold reunions. After all, who really wants to see a former boss and coworkers from "that college job?" Chock it up to another characteristic that makes WINGS unique – because we couldn’t wait to gather 17 years of staff in one place!
Read more!

DIY: Free Social Skills Put some spring into your step with these SHOES! Video

Whether you are a kid or an adult, one of the hardest things to learn is how to "step into the shoes of others" and practice social awareness. Once this skill is mastered however, the benefits are enormous!
Read More!


WINGS Watch

Video

Soar more! These people are fearless and love to fly!
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She Has WINGS
Kelly Rae Roberts



When we stumbled across this talented artist and writer's work, we were blown away! Not only are her pieces beautiful and inspiring, but they couldn't be any more WINGSy! From her optimistic messages to the wings and birds that appear so often in her work, it's evident that she has been a fellow winged one for years!

Read more!

Meet Khorin




When asked what her favorite thing about being in WINGS is, Khorin said, "I like that we learn to support other people when they need it, like when they are shy like I am or need help."
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WINGSLeader Snapshot

Crystal Johnson, 22




Crystal is an outstanding and hardworking WINGSLeader that is on her way to greatness! She not only does a wonderful job teaching and coaching the kids on how to live the Creed but she is an awesome example of how we all should live the Creed.
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BIG NEWS!

We're in the Top 10 for Edna McConnell Clark Foundation's Social Innovation Fund competition! With more than 180 applicants across 50 states -we're thrilled to be one of 10 finalists.

Recent Grants

  • The William Penn Foundation
  • Speedwell Foundation
  • United Way of Greater Atlanta
  • The Bill, Jennie & Harry Ackerman Foundation Trust
  • The Susan R. and John W. Sullivan Foundation

Wish List

  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Hula Hoops
  • Kick balls
  • Basket balls
  • Soccer balls
  • Kid size running shoes
  • Ukuleles
  • Wireless hands-free mic
  • Tennis equipment
  • High yield printer
  • White/black kid size t-shirts
  • Gift cards for staff incentives

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January

New Year, New Site!
Ladies and Gentlemen...
The new wingsforkids.org!

We're drawing the curtain on our new site and you're the first to take a look! After months of hard work, we're proud to show you this online extension of ourselves.
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DIY: Resolve to be a better listener in 2013 with Triple F!
Video


Most people are great talkers, but when it's time to listen, many people tune out.
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Positivity is contagious. Check out the simple yet impactful way this "Prince of Positivity" is spreading joy, and consider what you can do to make someone else smile each and every day of 2013.
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He Has WINGS
Matt Bosher



For his commitment to serving the Atlanta community, this Falcon has WINGS on and off the field!

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Meet Dasani




Dasani is in the 4th grade at North Charleston Elementary School and in her 3rd year with WINGS! She wants to be a doctor when she grows up, and it's fitting because we're already seeing her take care of her nestmates!
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WINGSLeader Snapshot

Katie Barton, 22




"I have enjoyed serving with the kids at WINGS and seeing how their families interact. As a result of my time with WINGS, I'm looking to get my masters in social work to help kids and families."
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Recent Grants

  • Runamuck Fund
  • James Foundation
  • Cooper River Bridge Run Fund

Partners and Publicity

  • It's Sticky Fingers' 20th birthday, but they want to give us a gift! Now through March, Sticky Fingers Mount Pleasant will be raising and collecting money for WINGS! Be sure to get to their Mount Pleasant location, donate, and wish them a happy birthday!
  • New Choice Time and community partnerships include:
    Soccer Shots, Beads on Cannon, Capoeira (Brazilian Martial Art) with Daniel Scruggs, Yoga with Hannah Reynolds, Music/ukulele with Wil Kinard.

 

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