As 2015 comes to a close, we at Opportunity4Kids are feeling the Holiday spirit and couldn’t help but share the kindness of the season.
Recently we had connected with an inner city Phoenix school called Vista College Prep. Vista College Prep is a free charter school with a longer school day (7:40 am – 4:00 pm), small class sizes, and teachers who firmly believe that all students can achieve academic success if they have access to a high quality education.
Vista College Prep is founded with the firm belief that:
• Demographics do not determine destiny.
• College preparation begins in kindergarten.
• Character education can and must be taught.
After touring the school, our Board was very excited about the creative and effective techniques Vista College Prep uses with students to foster creative learning. Additionally, Vista College Prep provides an array of after school programs to help parents with childcare. Parents simply pay $5 per activity per month, essentially costing students $317 per year. Meanwhile, Vista College Prep covers about $17,000 per year. This is a lot of fundraising to do!
Upon hearing this O4K committed to aiding Vista College Prep in 2016 by supporting current After School Programs and/or adding new ones.
While we look forward to an exciting 2016, we also felt like a Holiday surprise for Vista College Prep students would be a lot of fun!! So we coordinated with Julia Meyerson, Founder and Executive Director, to show up on the morning of the student’s Holiday Pajama/Movie day. O4K Board Members came with 720 Crayola crayons, holiday coloring pages and 400 cookies from the delicious Wildflower Bread Co. The kids were thrilled for a Holiday surprise; some even exclaiming, “this is the best Christmas ever!”
O4K also awarded Vista College Prep a $3,000 check to immediately support their after school program and activities for the students. The embrace seen below ensued following the gift given directly to Julia from founder Kevin Van Norman, “There’s no better way to wrap up the year than with a school full of happy children and a tearfully, delighted founder! This was the perfect Holiday celebration for us” proclaimed, O4K Director of Operations Alexandra.
To see the full album of pictures from our Holiday Surprise at Vista College Prep, click HERE.