Non-profit Organizations Join Forces to Help First Generation American and Refugee Students in Charlotte
LilySarahGrace & ourBRIDGE for KIDS Collaboration
LilySarahGrace and ourBRIDGE for KIDS unite for Back to ourBRIDGE – An Arts & Creativity Fair. The event will serve as a launch for a long term partnership between the national arts and education organization and the Charlotte after-school program, and aims to engage ourBRIDGE’s students in creative learning experiences while providing on-site professional development for ourBRIDGE’s after-school tutors and staff. The event will include a rotation of activities including Design your own Dream Center, All About You Sun Catchers, Student Choreographed Dances, & Story Telling Masks, all focused around ourBRIDGE for KIDS’ motto of LERD – Love Education Respect Diversity. LilySarahGrace will donate all of the supplies and provide volunteers to run the stations.
“As an organization based on the belief that every child has the ability – and the right – to succeed, LilySarahGrace is pleased to be able to partner with ourBRIDGE for Kids. They align perfectly with our mission of delivering best-practice instruction through Arts-Infused Inquiry-Based Learning to help ensure all children have access to a meaningful, inquiry-based and integrated education,” says Robert Cambria, Executive Director LilySarahGrace.
“We are excited about this opportunity to provide our more than 70 students from over 20 countries with the best in engaging learning experiences which value and enhance their creativity, and critical problem solving skills while honoring their diverse cultural backgrounds and helping them make a difference in our community,” reports Sil Ganzó, Founder and Executive Director of ourBRIDGE for KIDS.
ourBRIDGE for KIDS is the only 501c3 in North Carolina that offers out-of-school programming to newly-arrived and 1st generation American children. ourBRIDGE provides a culturally relevant and experiential learning based curriculum, one-on-one English literacy tutoring, homework help, healthy meals and free transportation in a safe and welcoming community center. Additionally, ourBRIDGE provides advocacy for the thousands of refugees and immigrants who live in the greater Charlotte region.
LilySarahGrace was founded by Matthew Badger and Abby Ballin, in honor of Lily, Sarah and Grace Badger. Bringing creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication and community into classrooms around the country, LSG offers professional development on Arts-Infused Inquiry-Based Learning. Since April 2012, LSG has given over $1.35 million in supplies to teachers in underfunded public elementary schools to teach their curriculum through the arts. Through their grants, LilySarahGrace has reached more than 187,000 students nationwide. To learn more, visit www.lilysarahgrace.org or contact