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June Crew Week Wrap Up

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Written by Marion Ruthig
16 June 2014

Super Crayons and more - June Crew Week Wrap!

Crew week is my favorite week of the month!  I can honestly say my children have a better appreciation for the world around them and are more grateful than before we started Kids Crew. And, I know many of those that have attended the Morning or After Work crews have learned about new organizations whose stories they will never forget; whose stories may help them or someone else. 

The After Work Crew came together at Quigley’s Irish Pub to learn about Willow House, which is our Highlight Charity for this week.  Although they do not have group programs here in Naperville, they do provide support and education to schools, families and businesses that have experienced a loss in our community.

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Ella's Room Makeover

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Written by Marion Ruthig
04 June 2014

On Tuesday I had the privilege of being a part of Special Spaces Chicagoland’s room makeover for Ella.  Ella is a typical almost four year old in so many ways; especially how she interacts with her older siblings. She reminds me of my daughter who is the same age. Ella is in a wheelchair due to a genetic disorder that will eventually claim her life unless medical advances are made.  Her preschool teacher nominated her to receive her new dream room.

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Charity of the Week: KidsMatter

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Written by Jennifer Evers
27 May 2014

 

Building Resilient Kids who say “no” to destructive choices and “yes” to endless possibilities!

 

So why is KidsMatter Needed?

KidsMatter is all about PREVENTION!

KidsMatter tackles at-risk issues proactively. KidsMatter conducted research for the United Way on the stressors of everyday life impacting youth. Three key stressors surfaced after 2 years of focus groups with students & parents: 1. Competition in academics, sports, materialistic endeavors, 2. Over-involvement in activities, and 3. Perfectionism, as opposed to Personal Best.

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Charity of the Week: Blessings in a Backpack

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Written by Jennifer Evers
18 May 2014

It’s Saturday night and you’re hungry, so you make your way to the kitchen and are greeted with endless possibilities of what you will fill your stomach with. Whether it’s the leftovers from last night’s dinner out or your favorite frozen meal, you have options.

For many children in the Unites States there are no options. There are no vegetable bins with apples and bananas. No leftover burritos or frozen pizzas to satisfy their hunger. Nothing. Their cabinets are bare and their stomachs are empty.

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