January Snapshot

February 1, 2016

As the first month of the year, January is a time of new beginnings. New resolutions. New goals. A new chance to grow. Here at Our Military Kids, we strive to capture this spirt all year long. It is our hope that our grants provide military kids the chance to discover something they’ve never discovered before whether that is a new activity, a new skill or a new appreciation of what they are able to offer to the world. Participating in an extracurricular activity teaches so much more than just the skills of that activity. Kids learn about teamwork, leadership, commitment, and problem-solving, all of which contribute to higher self-esteem and self-efficacy. It becomes a family affair, with parents supporting their kids and kids sharing the experience with their parents. Siblings see what is possible. All kids can benefit, and all of them need a place to start. Our Military Kids is proud to help provide that new start.   In January, Our Military Kids distributed over $130,000 through 306 grants. Of these, 241 were to kids we had never served before.  That is 241 new beginnings for kids in 41 states, Guam and Puerto Rico, participating in activities such as dance, motorcross, STEM, scuba diving, choir and art classes. For many of these kids, this will be their first extracurricular activity. The first time they dribble a basketball or solve a quadratic equation or call someone ‘Coach’. It is only the beginning. What a joy it will be to see where it will lead…