Kids Care is a program sponsored by Sandi and Barry Schwartz that provides kids the opportunity to make a difference. Sandi explains, “We like to collaborate with other local groups so our children can be exposed to different people and situations outside of their typical day/comfort zone.” In addition to organizing the Kids Care program’s monthly activities, Sandi also has a blog called Happy Science Mom that she created as a toolkit for raising happy balanced children.
She collaborates with Summer Faerman and the TLC Program which believes in the responsibility of others, community involvement, and charitable acts. Kids Care at B’Nai Torah recently welcomed children from the SOS Children’s Villages to hear a book reading by Lauren Grabois Fischer, author of “Be Who You Were Meant to Be”. It is a bilingual children’s board book that teaches its young readers to be proud of who they are and to always be true to themselves.
Lauren, a former Elementary School Teacher, has been writing since she was a child. She has two published books and a third coming late 2016. The Be Books, Inc is a children’s book publishing company that helps young children build self-confidence and create an awareness of being their best self. For more information you can visit her website www.TheBeBooks.com. You can purchase your very own copy of one of her books on her website or on Amazon. She will gladly personalize any book with a special message for your loved one(s).
Wish-A-Book generously gifted a book to each child from the SOS Village. Drew Siegel, a local teenage boy, started Wish-A-Book in 2011 as a community service project. His sister, Carly, a high school freshman is now President. Wish-A-Book is a registered non-profit organization that aims to provide children with access to brand new books of their choice to recapture or expand on their joy and love of reading. They provide children with these books to keep and call their own. Carly was there personally to distribute the books to the children.
SOS Children’s Villages is a local foster care neighborhood comprised of twelve houses, which are home to up to seventy-five boys and girls. It is unique because they allow for brothers and sisters, who are typically separated while in foster care, to reunite and maintain their family connection. SOS also provides an 18+ After Care program to help young adults transition out of foster care after they turn eighteen. The children had a great afternoon listening to the inspiring story, meeting the author, and receiving their very own book to keep. They created a poster together of their handprints to show that they can make a difference in the world. Lauren also had them decorate bookmarks and paper chains that they linked together to represent their differences and their connection to one another.
My older daughter said, “the event was fun, exciting and made the children feel loved and cared for. The book made me feel like a superstar! It made me feel proud that I am helping kids that are in foster care. If I was in foster care I would have felt really thankful that I got a book.”
You were born to be unique
To stand out in a crowd
Show the world what you’re made of
Stand tall and be proud!
–Lauren Grabois Fischer
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