2017 Pepsi Golf Classic

Mark your calendars for the 15th annual Coalition for Kids Golf Classic, sponsored by Pepsi Bottling Group. The event will take place Tuesday, July 25, 2016 at Warriors Path Golf Course.  Sign your team up today and help C4K Kids by Playing Golf! For more details, contact Ramona Tevis at 423-434-2031, ext 803. Download the Registration Form...

Seeing it another way

  Kids learn in different ways, and sometimes “out-of-the-box” thinking helps motivate them in a way they can grasp. David, a fourth grader, was reading the same book over and over every day. He admitted to being embarrassed…that other books, including chapter books, were too just long for him to finish. Jordan and Asia, two very creative Site Directors, decided to implement a few things to help all the third and fourth graders feel more confident with their assigned reading. Each child was instructed to: 1. Set daily, believable goals they genuinely felt they could reach. 2. Daily track their own progress. 3. Mark books off their list as they are completed. As David follows through on his personal goals and moves on to his next book, you can see the confidence building in his eyes as his reading continues to improve. The kids look forward to celebrating both their individual and group reading accomplishments at the end of each semester! When children set goals that are attainable and believable, they begin to realize that what they thought was impossible really isn’t… it’s all in how they look at it…just ask...

Inspiring Through Art

While art doesn’t get as much attention as math, literature, and science, there are certainly many benefits of incorporating the arts into a child’s education and life. Offering a positive alternative for kids to focus on reduces their chances of getting involved with violence, drugs, and alcohol. Victoria, the Director of the C4K evening program, saw the need, received a grant, and has begun a painting course for our Coalition kids to dive into! “I am so excited to give our Coalition middle-schoolers an activity they can really jump into with both feet! They have always enjoyed doing craft projects, but the canvas painting is more advanced, so it will really challenge and inspire them.”~ Victoria, KIA Director “Children need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through text and numbers.”, Dr. Kerry Freedman, Head of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University. * *(To read more about art in education, click...

Lunch Buddy

Current research suggests that children who have an adult mentor are 55% more likely to enroll in college and 130% more likely to hold a leadership position later in life. (The Mentor Effect, 2014) Additionally, mentoring also encourages positive social relationships and has a lasting impact on a child’s trust and communication skills. (The Role of Risk, 2013) One day a week with a Lunch Buddy can make a big difference in a child’s life. By spending just 30 minutes, one day a week at a child’s school sharing a meal, you will not only give them a friend & mentor, but the feeling you will get back from seeing their eyes light up, knowing that they are changing and growing, is a benefit that can not be measured, only experienced. To find out how YOU can be a Lunch Buddy, contact: Cindy Young, Director of Community Outreach 423-434-2031, ext 806...

Full Circle

Coalition was BLESSED to have a former volunteer come full circle and volunteer with us again.  And she has decided to bring her church youth group with her, as well!  They helped bring to life the story of Esther from the Bible.  And, of course, our kids couldn’t be happier!! My name is Tiffany Sweeney, and during my junior year of college I volunteered at Coalition For Kids two days a week by tutoring the 2nd graders,  serving dinner, entertaining the kids, and helping clean up.  It was always such a blessing…I didn’t want it to end! When my husband, a youth minister at Liberty Baptist Church, was searching for places to serve our community and teach Christ’s love, we knew we had to take our group to volunteer at Coalition.  Our students have been able to share the Bible with the kids at Coalition, serve snacks, play games, and do crafts with them.  It’s so great to see our high school kids serving!  We plan to continue bringing our group to serve these wonderful Coalition kids! To find out how YOU can volunteer, contact: Cindy Young, Director of Community Outreach 423-434-2031, ext 806 cyoung...