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High Hopes: A K.I.D.S.’ Hoops Story

Eleven-year-old J.L. wanted to play basketball for her school’s Parks & Rec. team, but there were some big challenges that stood in the way. A grant from K.I.D.S. helped relieve a large portion of the financial burden. Then with coaching from her COPY mentor, her family firmly in her court, and her drive for the goal, J.L. played for her team and realized her first time playing team sports in January. Read Bob Moore’s full account here.

K.I.D.S. Partnerships Provide Fun in the Snow!

Thirteen middle and high school kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Program will be participating in Hoodoo’s Snow Days with their mentors. These young people will get to take a free ski lesson each Wednesday for four weeks. Hoodoo Ski Resort is providing the equipment and the lessons. K.I.D.S. pitched in by purchasing under layers, socks and snacks. Needless to say we have thirteen excited youth who will be able to participate in an activity that they would never dream possible! Activities like this help kids do what their friends take for granted.  Partnering with BBBS, Hoodoo, and K.I.D.S. brings a light into young lives

That’s a wrap! Report on Summer Camps 2023

Forty-two inspired kids from Bend and Redmond attended Ascension School Camp in Cove, Oregon this summer. Five separate camps included kids from preschool through high school. Two former KIDS’-supported campers returned as counselors—there’s proof that “kids inspired do succeed”!

Here’s some of what the kids had to say at the send-off/pick-up gatherings:

  • “I cried my eyes out when I left camp last year. I am so happy to go again!”
  • “My brother went to camp last week and he said the food was delicious!”
  • “I love the campfire songs!”
  • “I don’t know anyone. I hope I find someone to sit with.” (She did!)
  • “My favorite part was making a necklace for my mom. Now my younger brother gets to go.” (Mom was wearing her necklace with two purple hearts on it at the return gathering.)
  • “I’m a little scared.” (Counselors helped her find a friend.)
  • “I want to keep going when I graduate from high school.” (That can happen through The Junior Counselor Program! Stay tuned.)

Our funds at work with FAN

  • Four kids enrolled at HUB Educational Support and Services to augment their school performance.
  • A Junior High boy received new track cleats for the upcoming track & field season. (Good grades are required for participating in athletics.)
  • Two elementary boys enrolled in “Operation Recreation” with the Bend Park & Recreation District for Spring Break activities.