January 4, 2013
Students from Vestavia Hills Elementary East shared some holiday cheer with the children in KIDS (Kids in Distress) Korner, the YW’s child care for children of homeless families. Cathy Wall’s third grade class, also known as Wall’s Winners, took a field trip to downtown Birmingham to hand deliver brand new toys that they selected for the children served by the YWCA.
Since school began in August, Walls Winner’s performed chores around their houses and neighborhoods to earn money, and as part of their math lesson, Wall took the students to purchase toys for the children in KIDS Korner. Wall’s students also discussed lessons in teamwork when they were broken into small groups to wrap the gifts they had purchased. After presenting the YWCA children with their toys, Wall’s Winners spent time in the children’s classrooms reading and playing games.
The visit was extra special for one student, Mims Jones. It was his birthday! Mims told his teacher, “This has been the best birthday!” Several other students asked, “When are we coming back?”
Not only was it fun for the students, but also for the parents that accompanied the class too! They remarked how much they enjoyed their trip to the YWCA and would love to come back. “We were so happy that the children from Vestavia Hills East joined us to spread some cheer during the holidays,” states Delyne Hicks, Senior Director of Child Care Services. “The children were really excited and we hope they come back next year!”
Each child in KIDS Korner received a toy from Wall’s Winners and extras were used for Santa’s Workshop, an annual event that helps to bring the magic of the holidays to homeless families living in our community.
KIDS Korner provides a safe, loving environment for homeless children to learn, play and re-discover joy. KIDS Korner ensures that they receive special care and individual attention during times of family crisis by providing a unique curriculum designed for the transitional nature of homelessness. Since 1989, the program has provided quality care to over 2,000 infants, toddlers and preschoolers who live in area homeless shelters. The program is free to parents and helps them to find work, participate in job training programs or seek housing, free from child care worries.
The YWCA Central Alabama’s Child Development Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. Less than six percent of child care centers in the nation are accredited and there are fewer than ten organizations in Jefferson County.
The YWCA would like to extend a very special thank you to Wall’s Winners for coming to visit with us and bringing the children in our child care center a little holiday joy. If you are interested in donating to the YWCA, please click here.