Summer Book Drive 2017:

K is for Kids student leaders are collecting new and like new books so children in need may have new stories to inspire them during these long hot days of summer. The Foundation is also collecting money to buy new books.  

Click here to make a donation: https://secure.processdonation.org/kisforkids/Donation.aspx

 

K is for Kids student volunteers will be distributing the books for children to take home and keep, and also donating a percentage to help boost the inventory of other nonprofits’ shared reading environments. 

Teens, if you’re looking to knock out community service hours this summer, this is your chance to take on a leadership role while helping the children of your community!

Email Karen@kisforkids.org to learn more.


K is for Kids Teen Fashion Show 2018 Video coming soon!

LAST YEAR’S Teen Fashion Show 2016 VIDEO  & PSA AIRED ON T.V.:

 

All students who participate and/or attend event

may earn community service.

(FGCU students earn service learning hours.)

CALL 239-596-KIDS (5437) OR TEXT 239-595-0077 (Be sure to introduce yourself!)

Final Run-Through Rehearsal FRI. FEB 5th

5:00-8:00 pm

BARRON COLLIER HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

5600 COUGAR DRIVE, NAPLES

Needed forms will be on-site.

 

WHAT LOCAL TEENS HAVE ACHIEVED SO FAR THIS YEAR FOR COLLIER COUNTY CHILDREN:

[post coming for Annual Holiday Book Giveaway and Story Time for the youngsters at the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County]


TEENS LAUNCHED THEIR FUN’RAISING SEASON THIS SCHOOL YEAR BY HOSTING THEIR ANNUAL 

Sat., Oct. 22nd, 2016

K is for Kids Book Fair & Book Drive Fun’raiser

hosted by the foundation’s student leaders and spokespersons

Barnes & Noble at the Waterside Shops in Naples

Collecting books for children in need

while having fun with friends & family!

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 Meet Our Guest Authors!

Book Signings *  Scavenger Hunt * Face Painting

Balloon Twisting * Raffles of Books

Write a book together!

 

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Blasts from the Past!

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JOIN US FOR THE

5th Annual K is for Kids’ Teen Fashion Show 2016

SATURDAY, FEB. 6TH

Barron Collier High School Auditorium

5600 COUGAR DRIVE, NAPLES

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT

6:00 pm Silent Auction & Reception

6:45 pm Doors to Auditorium Open

7:00 pm Show Begins

MODELS will showcase fashions by:

A. Jaron Fine Jewelry

Cape Madras

Francesca’s

Men’s Wearhouse

Naples Dance Supply

Ooh La La! Jewels du Jour

PGA Tour Superstore

Simply Natural

Stacy’s Golden Hanger

White House, Black Market

Plus there will be a

* TALENT CONTEST * 

 

NOTE: Final Run-Through Rehearsal FRI. FEB 5th

5:00-8:00 pm

BARRON COLLIER HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

5600 COUGAR DRIVE, NAPLES

CALL 239-596-KIDS OR TEXT 239-595-0077 (Be sure to introduce yourself!)

K is for Kids' 5th Annual Teen Fashion Show

All students who participate and/or attend event

may earn community service.

(FGCU students earn service learning hours.)

2016 Teen Fashion Show POSTER

 THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS

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THUR., DEC. 17th , 2:30 – 3:30 pm

K is for Kids Annual Holiday Storytime & Book Giveaway for the

Children of the Boys & Girls Club

with Special Guest, Sabin Johnson

Children’s Book Author of “The Jolly Shop” !

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SIGN UP WITH YOUR HIGH SCHOOL’S OPERATION:OUTREACH CLUB or for more information email Karen@kisforkids.org or text 239-595-0077 (don’t forget to introduce yourself first!)

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K is for Kids’ Operation:Outreach student leaders’ enjoy their Annual Story Time and Holiday Book Giveaway for the children of the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County as much as the kids do!

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Blasts from the Past:

 

September 26th

 

12:00-3:30 pm

 

K is for Kids Book Fair

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Meet Our Guest Authors

Loretta Neff

Children’s book author of “Tame Your Manners”

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Miladys Serrano

Children’s book author of “Walk Along Baby”

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Lisa Trebilcock

Children’s book author of “N is for Naples”, “E is for Everglades”, and “R is for Retirement”

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Sabin W. Johnson

Children’s book author of “The Jolly Shop”

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Karen T. Bartlett

author of “A Kids’ Guide to Naples, Marco Island & The Everglades

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Dottie Withrow

author of “Mariella Mouse in the Opera House”

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and coming soon

“Plain Daisy Jane”

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1ST LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPSSTUDENTS: SIGN UP NOW

 

K is for Kids & Operation:Outreach

Leadership Workshops Continue!

SESSIONS ARE COMPLIMENTARY AND GEARED FOR STUDENTS

WHO ARE

ASPIRING BUSINESS LEADERS, YOUNG PROFESSIONALS & ENTREPRENEURS.

EMAIL KAREN@KISFORKIDS.ORG

OR CALL 239-596-KIDS (5437) / TEXT 239-595-0077

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 Do you know the winner and five finalists of

K is for Kids’ first ever, one-of-a-kind

TEEN ILLUSTRATOR CONTEST 2015

for Children’s Book

“White Moon, Purple Sea and The Underwater Circus”?

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHO IS GOING TO RECEIVE THE

$3,000 Scholarship!

http://www.kisforkids.org/news/naples-high-school-graduate-wins-teen-illustrator-contest/

http://www.kisforkids.org/news/awards-roll-out-recognizing-students-record-breaking-year-of-giving/

http://www.kisforkids.org/news/five-finalists-chosen-for-teen-illustrator-contest/

L-R: Jason Kurek, one of the judges for K is for Kids' Teen Illustrator Contest for children's book "White Moon, Purple Sea and the Underwater Circus" stands with the five finalists - Kaileen McHugh, Palmetto Ridge High School graduate; Kristina Cortada, a junior at Lorenzo Walker Technical High School; Celine Consolo, a Barron Collier High School junior; Darice Pollard, Naples High School graduate; and standing in for her daughter Sarah Renfroe is her mother Beth.

L-R: Jason Kurek, one of the judges for K is for Kids’ Teen Illustrator Contest for children’s book “White Moon, Purple Sea and the Underwater Circus” stands with the five finalists – Kaileen McHugh, Palmetto Ridge High School graduate; Kristina Cortada, a junior at Lorenzo Walker Technical High School; Celine Consolo, a Barron Collier High School junior; Darice Pollard, Naples High School graduate; and standing in for her daughter Sarah Renfroe is her mother Beth.!

 

The Teen Illustrator Contest

had talented artists from 8th-12th grades

across Collier County competing!

Link on image to view the 20 semifinalists art entries:

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Do you know the young entrepreneurs who won the 2nd Annual

K is for Kids Y.E.S. COMP 2015?

(Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Competition)

$1,000 for 1st Place * $500 for 2nd Place * $250 for 3rd Place!

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Link here to meet the winners & finalists:

http://www.kisforkids.org/news/k-is-for-kids-2nd-annual-y-e-s-competition-won-by-senior-duo-from-barron-collier-high-school/

http://www.kisforkids.org/news/scholarship-winners-named-student-leaders-recognized-at-k-is-for-kids-reception/

http://www.kisforkids.org/news/three-finalists-announced-for-k-is-for-kids-young-entrepreneur-scholarship-competition/

 

 

2014 K is for Kids Young Entrepreneur Nicholas Nolan is congratulated by Craig Bouchard, New York Times bestselling author and international businessman.

First Annual K is for Kids Young Entrepreneur 2014 Nicholas Nolan is congratulated by Craig Bouchard, New York Times bestselling author and international businessman.

 

 

 

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 K is for Kids’ Student Leaders had another record breaking year of giving!

Blasts from the Past: 2014-15 Fun’raising Season:

February is

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Book Fair 2015 Flyer Revised

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A g e n d a

7th Annual

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 benefiting K is for Kids reading programs for Collier County students

BRING A BOOK, BRING A FRIEND!

Guests may bring in a book to donate to a child in need.

FUN’RAISING BEGINS AT NOON

with three spectacular guests!

Featured guest authors:

JULIANNA HOWARD

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catie-the-Copycat/156688314398924

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followed by

JENNIFER DEANE

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JOE JOHNSON

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Followed by Fun’raising Stations for Kids!

* Book Signings by Authors * Kids Become Authors & Write a Book Together! * Face Painting * Twisted Balloons *

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k4kids_BookFair2012_Naples_DadTwoKids_thumbnail* Scavenger Hunt *

* “Adventures of Ai” Video Game Competition

* Kids get a complimentary photographic portrait taken to accompany their story

* LOTS of PRIZES *

Each participant completing all the fun’raising stations may enter the

* Raffles for Baskets of … Books, of course! *

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Over the years, children have gotten the chance to meet an author then become authors themselves!  Each participant puts pen to paper for their own special page as they write a book together for the annual K is for Kids young authors book, a commemorative collection of very short stories!   Participants may write collaboratively with family and friends or tell their story to one of the student volunteers.  The young writers may also add an illustration or have their free photo taken, or both!

 

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 K is for Kids’ student leaders launched their fun’raising season with their signature event

The 4th Annual K is for Kids From the Heart Teen Fashion Show 2015!

Click to see the awesome photos from the teens’ signature event of our fun’raising season:

http://www.kisforkids.org/news/teen-fashions-rule-the-runway-k-is-for-kids-delivers-another-countywide-literacy-project-naples-daily-news/

Poster K is for Kids Teen Fashion Show 2015 FINAL

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Join our Ladder for Leaders today.

“CLIMB HIGHER. HELP OTHERS.”

 

LEAVE A LEGACY —

before you even graduate from high school.

Click above to see the video seen on cable t.v. promoting K is for Kids From the Heart Teen Fashion Show 2015 by our student leaders. Special thanks go to our sponsor Comcast for airing this PSA!

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A big thanks also goes to the students at Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology for producing the video, and to ITZ Media for the video clips of last year’s show.

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LAST YEAR’S SHOW!  Special thanks to ITZ MEDIA!

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Check out Craig Bouchard’s “Adventures of Ai” Video Game Contest and World Charity Cup – download the cool eBook too!

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Stay tuned for our next contest launching soon!

 

 

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Blasts from the Past:

Fun’raising Season of 2013-14

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Our student leaders invite you to the 6th Annual

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 benefiting K is for Kids Foundation’s reading program

Saturday, February 22nd noon – 5 p.m.

at Barnes & Noble Booksellers

at the Waterside Shops in Naples

Click on link to download the program agenda: 1 Book Fair 2014 Agenda

FOUR EXCITING AUTHORS,  FIVE EXCITING BOOKS, TWO ENTERTAINERS APPEALING TO GUESTS OF ALL AGES!

Kids Celebrate Reading Book Fair 2014 Advertisement in the 239.com of the Naples Daily News

 

12:00 p.m. Registration

12:15 p.m. Welcome by Jessica Olson, Community Relations Manager

 

— introducing —

12:20 p.m. Proclamation read by Sam Saad III, Naples City Councilman

on behalf of Mayor John Sorey III

“February is Bring a Book, Bring a Friend for Children’s Literacy Month”

— introducing —

12:30 p.m. K is for Kids’ Student Leaders

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Co-Chairs Gabby, Alex and Shianne from Gulf Coast High’s Operation : Outreach Club sponsored by K is for Kids

12:25 p.m. (Con’t.) STUDENT LEADERS Join Co-Chairs

Teen leaders from local high schools along with interns from Florida Gulf Coast University: Today 39 Collier County School Libraries will each receive a special grant of $125 to purchase needed books for their students; plus K is for Kids’ 2014 grant recipients will be enjoying their annual Shopping Spree purchasing books for students’ libraries at school and at home! Thank you to K is for Kids’ corporate sponsors who made this possible!

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   Melissa & Craig Bouchard and Signature Group Holdings 

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Photo by Maribel De Armas, Manager, Communications & Design Services, Collier County Public Schools Members of K is for Kids Student Leadership Council 2013-14 with Collier County Public School District officials, L-R: Luis Solano, Associate Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction; Mario Chang, Gulf Coast High; Nedgie Paul, Palmetto Ridge High; name to be confirmed; Nicholas Nolan, Barron Collier High; Vin Izzi, Director, K is for Kids; Traci Kohler, Director of Staff Develoopment, Instructional Technology & Media Services; Karen D. Clawson, Founder & Executive Director, K is for Kids

Photo by Maribel De Armas, Manager, Communications & Design Services, Collier County Public Schools
Members of K is for Kids Student Leadership Council 2013-14 with Collier County Public School District officials, L-R: Luis Solano, Associate Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction; Mario Chang, Gulf Coast High; Nedgie Paul, Palmetto Ridge High; name to be confirmed; Nicholas Nolan, Barron Collier High; Vin Izzi, Director, K is for Kids; Traci Kohler, Director of Staff Develoopment, Instructional Technology & Media Services; Karen D. Clawson, Founder & E.D., K is for Kids

— Introducing –

12:30 p.m. DR. TRACI KOHLER, Director, 

STEM Resources, Instructional Technology & Library Media 

12:35 p.m. A Special “SALUTE TO SCHOOL LIBRARIANS”

 

— introducing —

12:40 p.m. JIM MCKENNA, Storyreader

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Jim McKenna is a frequent “reader” in Collier County schools. Discover why students love listening to him and why they dash afterwards to discover more great books to read!

When Jim McKenna reads out loud to children, he finds himself looking back at a room full of wide-eyed, mesmerized, and wonder-struck faces. And when he’s finished, something amazing happens: children go to the library so they can read the stories for themselves. Visit Jim at www.bookscomealive.net

— introducing —

1:00 p.m. DOTTIE WITHROW, Children’s Book Author

presenting her just released book

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“Mariella Mouse in the Opera House”

 

1:20 p.m. LISA TREBILCOCK, children’s book author of

“E is for Everglades”

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1:30 Fun’raising Stations for Kids:

 
 

1:40 p.m. WALT TIMONEY, Family Entertainer

It’s a Puppet Show!

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2:00-2:50 p.m. Fun’raising Stations for Kids!

* Twisted Balloons * Face Painting *

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* Scavenger Hunt *

* Children Write a Page in K is for Kids Young Authors Book *

* Kids get a complimentary photographic portrait taken to accompany their story by Wilkinson Photography *

* Prizes *

* Raffle of Three Baskets of Books *

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 — introducing —

3:10 JASON KUREK, author of

“Chronoblood Chronicles”

A sci-fi/fantasy eBook for teens and young adults.

 

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— introducing —

3:30 p.m. CRAIG BOUCHARD

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1st Southwest Florida appearance and book signing by

Craig will also treat participants to the first preview of his soon-to-be globally released children’s book and mobile game

The Adventures of Ai

followed by a

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3:45 p.m. Book signing of New York Times bestseller

“The Caterpillar Way”

Lessons in Leadership, Growth, and Shareholder Value

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“There’s no way you can’t learn from The Caterpillar Way–a classic example of how to bring strategy, structure, and culture together to drive breakthrough results.” — David C. Novak, Chairman and CEO, Yum! Brands Inc.

Click on link below to see Craig interviewed on Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle:

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Click on link to hear Craig’s keynote speech to students and their families at the 2nd Annual K is for Kids From the Heart Teen Fashion Show 2013

 

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Thank you to all who supported our student leaders signature event –

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A special thank you to all who donated books for Collier County children during the Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive 2013.

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Fun’raising Season of 2012-13

Students from 46 schools and organizations benefited from our literacy and leadership programs!

Books were distributed to students of 30 schools throughout Collier County!

Two students at Golden Terrace Elementary enjoy the new books they chose during K is for Kids’ Big Book Giveaway at their school

We launched our literacy month with a Big Book Giveaway

at Golden Terrace Elementary School — Each of the 1,000 students got to choose a new book to take home and keep!

Photo by Brigitte Papita, K is for Kids’ student spokesperson and FGCU intern Golden Terrace Intermediate’s Meda Specialist Tiffany Weeks with students at K is for Kids’ Big Book Giveaway. Photo by Brigitte Papita, K is for Kids’ student spokesperson and FGCU intern!

Note: See MORE pics of on Facebook by linking here www.facebook.com/kisforkids.

 

“From the Heart” Teen Fashion Festival 2013

Thank you to our student leaders and all our sponsors for making this such a successful event!

Students of all ages from across Collier and south Lee counties participated in the show!

A Bring a Book, Bring a Friend Fun’raiser.

Watch the video created by teens that was aired on cable TV by Comcast!  Click on link to YouTube ” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”> or on pic below:

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Click on poster below to view the PSAs created by teens for other students.

For a complete list of sponsors and consultants, please click here http://www.kisforkids.org/sponsors/
To see all the students who are making our literacy month and fun’raisers such a success
 click here:

 “From the Heart” Teen Fashion Festival – see all the photos on K isf or Kids’ facebook page.

 

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5th Annual “Kids Celebrate Reading” Book Fair

Saturday, February 23rd, noon to 3 pm at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Waterside Shops, Naples

GUEST AUTHOR OF “N IS FOR NAPLES” LISA TREBILCOCK!

Members of our Teen Advisory Team will once again host fun activities for children as they meet guest authors then become young authors themselves!

Lots of Fun’raising Stations for Children:

* Face Painting * Scavenger Hunt * Storytimes * Guest Author Presentation * Book Signing * Children Write Stories *

* PRIZES * RAFFLES (Two baskets of books will be given away!)

Participants are invited to bring a book for a child in need — students, earn community service hours for your book donations!

 

3rd Annual Power of the Word Traveling Art Exhibition

for Collier County Middle School Students

A unique opportunity for middle school students to visually express the power of words and the importance of reading.

Vineyards Community Center in Naples through April

6231 Arbor Blvd., Naples 3411, telephone (239) 353-9669

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Andrezione “Dre” Perry, a 6th-grade student at Gulfview Middles School placed first in the “Power of the Word” Art Exhibition single word category, with his fiery art work “Love.”

Summertime Stories: Our students continued to spread the wealth of reading to children in summer day care programs. Visit our news posts to see all the pics and fun.

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K is for Kids’ Fun’raising Season 2011-12

Each February, K is for Kids’ students leaders host a variety of events and activities for children of all ages during the Bring a Book, Bring a Friend for Children’s Literacy Month.  The Bring a Book month celebrates two of life’s greatest treasures:  friends and books!

K is for Kids’ Giving Season begins each spring, and is benefiting more children in need with each year passing.  This year, thanks to our teen leaders, K is for Kids also distributed books for children throughout the holidays and summer!

Summer 2012

TEEN LEADER MEETINGS — Our student leaders begin proposing and planning events and acitivities for the upcoming school year.

“STORY TIME IN THE SUMMER SERIES” & “BUILDING BOOK NOOKS FOR KIDS”

K is for Kids’ teens and volunteers visit and read stories to children at nonprofit organizations that are enrolled in our Building Book Nooks for Kids program.

April 2012 – Starbucks Coffee Houses throughout Collier and Lee Counties collected books and donations to help purchase books for children in need. Thank you, Starbucks!

 

A recap of events during 2011-12  (Note:  Photos can be seen of all the events by clicking on links and visiting K is for Kids’ facebook page at www.facebook.com/kisforkids.  Please be sure to click “like” while you’re visiting!

Stories and books were shared with first grade boys and girls at the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County — Thursday, July 14, 2011  Click here to see our teens in action.

plus with preschool children at the Immokalee Child Care Center — August 16, 2011  Click here to read the story.

YMCA’s Back to School Expo sponsored by Neapolitan Family Magazine — Saturday, August 13, 2011

Teens helped children create storyboards for K is for Kids’ giant filmstrip on canvas (created by Hi-Tech). Adult volunteers helped too!  Click here to see more.

September 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011
K is for Kids’ new program “RISING READERS” is launched joining our 
“FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY” program for Collier County Public Schools K is for Kids’ is enriching children’s libraries at home and at school
Our teen leaders organized newly purchased and donated books so they could be distributed to ten Collier County school libraries during the first meeting of Media Specialists at Gulf Coast High School. More schools signed up for K is for Kids new RISING READERS program.  Click here to see the dedicated media specialists enrolled in our programs. Click here to read more about K is for Kids’ efforts to help educators encourage their students to read more.  Click here to see some of the students who received new books to read!

October 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011
“POWER UP WITH READING” PEP RALLY at Golden Terrace Elementary Intermediate School
When K is for Kids heard what one local media specialist was doing to encourage the schools’ students to read, we were thrilled to become part of this ‘cheer-ful’ event!  Each student that took a pledge to read more books received a NEW book to take home and keep.  GTES became the focus school for K is for Kids’ Rising Readers and the number of books being checked out increased strongly!  Click here to see the “super hero” creating all the excitement about books for students; and click here to see the woman behind the scenes.

November – December 2011

3rd annual Barnes & Noble’s “HOLIDAY BOOK DRIVE” benefiting K is for Kids Foundation at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Waterside Shops, Naples
Customers at Barnes & Noble purchased over $1,200 in new books for K is for Kids to distribute to children in need throughout Collier County through our three book donation programs!  Click here to see who we call our “dream team” at Barnes & Noble.

December 2011

Saturday, December 10th 2011, 7:00 p.m.
TEEN “HEAD TO TOE FASHION SHOW” presented Barron Collier High School & K is for Kids
This inaugural teen community project was created by two Gulf Coast High School students, Ali Martin and Erin Clawson, and ultimately saw over 105 students from around Collier County participate.  Hosted by Barron Collier High School, the Teen “Head to Toe” Fashion Show raised close to $5,000 in books and funds for K is for Kids’ RISING READERS program and a portion of that also benefited Barron Collier’s “Helping Hands for Prom” program.  Janelle Sventek, model chair, and Carla Badame, publicity chair, both students at Barron Collier, were also instrumental in making the show a big  success.  Over two dozen models showcased local clothing merchants’ fashions, plus twenty performers  provided entertainment for the show.  Click here to read more and here.  Click here to read see the kids who were were amongst the first to receive new books.

December through January 2011

“Ring the Bells Book Drive” for Immokalee Children at Farm Workers Village 

Friends and organizations helped ring in the New Year with new books for children in Immokalee by collecting over 1,000 books to give to the children.

Saturday, January 28, 2012
K is for Kids Teen Spokespersons shoot PSAs at ITZ Media Group’s new Production Studio in Naples
Our teen spokespersons recorded two PSAs and entered a sound booth to record a voice over for another.  The PSAs are aired on Comcast, the headline sponsor for K is for Kids! Click here to read more.

February 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012
K is for Kids’ Literacy Month Launched in Immokalee for children at Farm Workers Village
Books, authors and the “power of reading” were brought out to children in Immokalee.  It was a wonderful Book, Bring a Friend Fun’raiser for kids of all ages at the Farm Workers Village.  Click here to read more.

All Month

K is for Kids’ “BRING A FRIEND, BRING A FRIEND” for Children’s Literacy Month — let the Fun’raisers begin!

Recognized by Florida’s Governor Rick Scott with proclamations by Naples Mayor Bill Barnett and the Commissioners of Collier County, this important month celebrates two of life’s greatest treasures:  friends and books!  Started as an annual fun’raiser to help raise more books for students to read at one elementary school in Naples, Florida, now there are fun’raisers all month long throughout our literacy month in February.

We invite YOU to start a fun’raiser with your friends!  Click here to learn more about how to have a fun’raiser to help collect books for children in need in your community.

Saturday, February 11, 2012, noon to 5:00 p.m.
“Kids Celebrate Reading” at our 4
th annual Bring a Book, Bring a Friend Book Fair & Fun’raiser at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Waterside Shops, Naples

Free and open to the public.

Don’t miss the biggest event of our fun’raising season!  Bring a Book, Bring a Friend to Barnes & Noble at Waterside Shops in Naples on Saturday, February 11th.  Our teens will be offering many free, fun’raising stations for children of all ages:  face painting, a scavenger hunt, story writing, prizes, raffles and more!

Kids will also get to meet our two guest authors, Lisa Fleming of “Cat and Crow: an amazing friendship” and Margaret Cardillo of “Just Being Audrey.”  Click here to read more.

This year Walt Timoney, family entertainer, will be balloon twisting and creating free fantastic hats, animals and more!

A portion of all proceeds raised from the book fair will go towards helping K is for Kids purchase new books for children in Collier County.  Whether guests purchase a book or a Nook, or a coffee in the Cafe’, just mention “K is for Kids!” and you’ll be making a donation helping children in need have more books to read!

March 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
K is for Kids’ Book Party at Barnes & Noble, Coconut Point, Estero.
A Southwest Florida Reading Festival partner event

“COOKIES AND COLORING” with children’s author LISA FLEMING of ”Cat and Crow, an amazing friendship”

Guest speaker H. Patrick Wooley, Ph.D, volunteer naturalist for the National Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary who will be telling guests surprising reasons why birds — especially crows — are smarter than we think!

Free and open to the public.

Kids of all ages are invited to a free “book party” with more fun’raising for children than we can say in one breath…all hosted by our teen volunteers and this time, Starbucks employees will join in to help our cause — teaching kids about the excitement of reading and the power of words!  Face painting, balloon twisting by family entertainer Walt Timoney, prizes, young authors book, and two raffles!  The grand prize winner will take home a complete set of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books, signed by Jeff Kinney!

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March – April 2012

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
K is for Kids’ Big Book Giveaway!
Preview & Lunch at 11:30-12:30 pm, compliments of Cypress Self Storage
“Shopping” begins at 2:30 pm for high school books and
3:30 pm for younger reading 
books 

It’s K is for Kids’ first “Big Book Giveaway!”  This unique event, made possible by the incredible 10,000-book donation from the Book Warehouse upon its closing,  will coincide with K is for Kids annual distribution of books to grant recipients.

Cypress Self Storage has generously donated the use of four large air-conditioned storage rooms in which to store and display the books (K is for Kids’ teen volunteers decorated the rooms for Young Readers, Fiction and Nonfiction for Young Adults).  With thousands of books geared for advanced reading levels, K is for Kids is launching the giveaway by inviting ALL media specialists, reading coaches, education directors throughout Lee & Collier counties to come “shop” for free books for their high school students!  Cypress Self Storage is offering lunch for participants during the mid-day previewing, and light refreshments and drinks during the shopping — plus their popular golf cart rides to and from the building!

The giveaway will continue until all the books are distributed, with the doors opening for ALL teachers and educators throughout southwest Florida to come shop for books — for their students and themselves!

April 2012

Starbucks Book Drive Fun’raiser: Share the wealth of reading by donating a book for a child in need to read over the summer.

All Starbucks throughout Lee and Collier Counties, in recognition of the company’s “Global Month of Service,” are holding a book drive fun’raiser benefiting K is for Kids — customers are invited to drop off a book for a child.  Patrons may also make $1 and $5 donations, and sign their name on K is for Kids bookmarks that will be on display to show their support.

April – May 2012

“Power of Reading” Traveling Art Exhibition, a competition open to all Collier County middle school students.  Deadline is March 14th.

The second K is for Kids’ competitive art exhibition is again offering a unique opportunity for ‘tweens and teens throughout Collier County to visually express the power of words and reading.  Students will be focusing on current events and are encouraged to utilize newsprint and newsmagazines.

The top four winners will have their work exhibited in the Naples Art Association’s Art Library housed upstairs in the von Liebig Art Center throughout April and then all finalists will have their work displayed at the Vineyards Community Center.

 

 “Encourage today’s readers.  Inspire tomorrow’s leaders.”

www.KisforKids.org * email: info@KisforKids.org * 239.596.KIDS (5437)

K is for Kids® Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes children’s literacy and leadership.  Our teens and volunteers teach kids that reading is fun.  Each year K is for Kids partners with community leaders  to engage children early and often about the excitement of reading and the power of words.  From toddlers to teens, K is for Kids’ mission is to give kids in need more books to read.

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