Vero Beach, Florida –On May 7th, Kid2Kid, conducted their Putt for Dough Fundraiser at Safari Golf and Games. The purpose of the fundraiser was to raise awareness about literacy and to encourage children and youth in Indian River County to read more. Over 40 families enjoyed miniature golfing, games, ice cream, prizes, and pizza at the event. Volunteers from The Learning Alliance and Storm Grove Middle School assisted at the event to support the fundraiser. Proceeds from the event assist in providing books to local children and families in addition to supporting The Learning Alliance’s summer programs, Literacy in Motion and Literacy on the Lagoon. “The turnout was good. The Storm Grove kids were really awesome. We had a diverse crowed of individuals participating and supporting this wonderful cause” Will Bahl, Kid2Kid Co-Founder.
Kid2Kid is an example of youth leading the charge to accelerate change in Indian River County through awareness, civic engagement, and volunteerism. Kid2Kid regularly conducts book drives, volunteer at community events, and encourages their peers to be active in the Moonshot Goal of 90% student literacy by third grade. Children and youth know firsthand the challenges, obstacles, and emotional stressors that their generation face. Parker Hammond, one of K2K’s founders states, “Kid2Kid gives back to our community because no one knows kids better than other kids. That’s why it’s important that we are involved in reaching out to our peers to encourage them to read and excel in their academics so they can achieve their goals in life.” Engaging our children and youth in formulating and moving community initiatives forward is imperative to achieving our community goals. We all have a part in our community’s success.
"I’m truly astonished by the difference that our children and youth can make when we provide them the resources and platform to facilitate change. If we continue to cultivate the talents and treasures within the next generation, we will produce curious, compassionate individuals who will be productive citizens that will make a difference here locally and around the world" -Barbara Hammond, The Learning Alliance CEO.
For more information about the Kid 2 Kid peer reading group and The Learning Alliance, please contact Barbara Hammond at 877-548-READ (7323) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
About Kid 2 Kid:
Kid2Kid is a Moonshot Moment and The Learning Alliance club that empowers and enables our local youth to contribute to the Moonshot Moment Goal of 90% Literacy. Through fundraising, book drives and other initiatives, this group of Indian River County teens is making a difference by cultivating literate, creative, compassionate citizens who will improve our world.
About The Learning Alliance:
The Learning Alliance is a catalyst for innovation and collaboration supporting the Moonshot Moment transformative goal by arming front-line educators, parents, and community leaders with the tools, knowledge, and support necessary for success. We are dedicated to achieving 90% student literacy by third grade. Through innovative, evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning, we empower teachers to transform children’s lives. Through partnerships with the School District of Indian River County, Indian River State College, community leaders and civic youth organizations in our community, we hope to create local solutions that can serve as a model for the nation. Visit www.thelearningalliance.org for more information.
About the Moonshot Moment:
In 2012, the former SDIRC Superintendent Dr. Fran Adams, in collaboration with The Learning Alliance, launched the “Moonshot Moment: 90% Literacy by Third Grade” making it one of the 140 communities working with the Campaign for Grade Level Reading (CGLR,) a nationwide movement of local leaders, states, nonprofits, and foundations putting a stake in the ground on third-grade reading. The communities are adopting a collective impact strategy, engaging the full community around the goal of supporting low-income children from birth through third grade. Acknowledging that schools alone cannot address all the challenges that keep children from learning to read, the School District of Indian River County works with nonprofits and other partners to ensure that children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed, attend school regularly, and keep learning through the summer months. The Indian River County Moonshot Moment Literacy Leaders group is comprised of over 70 business, nonprofit, School District, and concerned citizens working together to create programs and momentum to reach the 90% literacy goal!