Kiawah Cares Annual Report 2015-17 - Page 8

FOCUS ON ENRICHMENT Kiawah Cares’ enrichment support provides cultural and companionship experiences for Sea Island adults and children, ranging from field trips and art programs to comfort items. Kiawah Cares Made With Love (KCMWL) supporters care about the Sea Islands and show it by giving time, handmade crafts and compassionate support to the most-often overlooked demographics: children and seniors. These volunteers lead their own initiative and create handcrafted blankets, pillows and toiletry kits for our neighbors in need. In its very first season, KCMWL distributed a total of nearly 250 blankets, 14 pillows, and more than 175 toiletry kits. Major beneficiaries were Angel Oak and Frierson elementary schools and Our Lady of Mercy Outreach. Through this quiet act of nurturing, our neighbors could feel a warmth that spoke volumes. Kiawah Cares once again sponsored Angel Oak Elementary School’s fifth grade trip to the Barrier Island Environmental Education Program on Seabrook Island, ensuring that all eligible students were able to attend regardless of financial constraints. The students had a great time learning about the ecosystem of their environment. The 2016 program was funded in partnership with the Best Friend’s Fund (BFF). Many thanks to BFF for their support of this and other important Kiawah Cares programs. Kiawah Cares sponsored a Barrier Islands Little League (BILL) team, the Kiawah Cares Bobcats, for the 2017 season. The t-ball team consisted of Johns Island boys and girls, ages 4-7. BILL works hard to instill the values of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority in players, and hopes to contribute to a community of strong, happy and well-adjusted children. Barrier Islands Little League is devoted to fair play and sportsmanship. A Shore Thing: Youth Beach Day is an annual favorite with volunteers and students, offering a day of learning and recreation on Kiawah’s pristine beach. Each year, students learn about local wildlife from KICA biologists before venturing out to the ocean. Most importantly, the one-to-one chaperone/child ratio ensures that each student benefits from a role model to whom they may not otherwise have access.