Our goal for 2017 is to raise $60,000. Like most other fundraising campaigns, we value every dollar that is contributed. In fact, because this is a Clermont County community project, it is really more valuable for KLiCWow purposes to have as many people donating as possible.
In a community of just over 200,000 residents, simple math would say a donation of just $2 from each resident would get us extremely close to our goal. Of course, we know that this is not a realistic expectation, but if it were to happen, wouldn’t that be an awesome statement about our community?
One time donation:
Check out this news clip on how KLiCWow is already impacting local children: http://local12.com/news/back-to-school/klicwow-new-program-targets-preschoolers-uses-free-tablets-to-teach
$1 will help INSPIRE our early learners.
$100 will help one Clermont early learnerIMAGINE a lifetime of difference.
KLiCWow, a Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation member, thanks our Fiscal Year 2016 capital and in kind supporters! We could not do it without you!
Inspire – $1 – $99
Imagine – $100 – $499
Create – $500 – $999
Discover – $1,000 – $4,999
Explore – $5,000 – $9,999
Learn Early – $10,000 – $19,999
WOW! – $20,000 and UP
Kids Learn Early in Clermont Wow! KLiCWow…what is this all about?
In simple terms, KLiCWow will be donating a tablet and a Wow Pouch to every child in the county who is either three or four years old as of September 1, 2016. We will be following that up with a tablet and pouch for those three years old in 2017 and again in 2018.
The purpose begins with the recognition that 85% of a child’s brain is developed by the age of five. There is a substantial body of knowledge that supports the benefits of high quality preschools to strengthening that development, but not every child can attend a high quality preschool. In our community, approximately 27% of our preschoolers do not attend any type of formalized pre-kindergarten functions. Not surprisingly, only 43.6% of kids entering kindergarten in Clermont County test out as expected to do well with reading instruction.
Will a free tablet dramatically change these results?
“Access to, familiarity with and skill using mobile devices are the first steps in achieving digital literacy,” according to Dr. Matilde Irigoyen, chair of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Philadelphia’s Einstein Medical Center.However, she added that actual social engagement with parents, along with parental guidance, are “critical” to help kids “integrate digital technology into family life”.
Central to the KLiCWow approach is the concept that it will take parental engagement and support from the entire community for us to change educational outcomes in the U.S.
Parent and community engagement is the third leg of this approach. By energizing the entire community, and by providing training and on-going support to parents, the KLiCWow project will empower everyone in the entire community to support educational outcomes for our young people.
The problem is urgent. Every August, another cohort of our children will enter kindergarten. The parents and grandparents of these children depend on our education system to prepare them for bright futures, thriving careers, and a shot at the American Dream. We must not fail them.
$500 will CREATE early learning opportunities for five Clermont kids.
Wow Pouch? What is that and why is it included in this project?
Research shows that children do better in school when they are physically and emotionally healthy. Providing a tablet and tips to parents on how to get the most out of a tablet as a learning resource does not address the whole child.
The Whole Child Initiative* identifies five kinds of learning that we like to see each child exposed to, every day if possible. They are:
In the Wow Pouch, we want to provide children and parents with items and information to address the whole child. We will be seeking commitments from local businesses and institutions to help us fill the Wow Pouch with items such as books, toys that encourage development of small motor skills, games to play with others, passes to parks and nature centers, nutrition items and hygiene items. It is possible that a small amount of the money being donated will be used to fill out the Wow Pouches.
If you own or manage a business or institution and have items to donate to the Wow Pouches, your donations will also be tax deductible.
Why is my donation going to the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce Foundation and not directly to KLiCWow?
Founded in 2011, the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization formed to deliver community capacity building activities in the Clermont area.KLiCWow is a special community project, operating under the umbrella of that not-for-profit. All donations to the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce Foundation on behalf of KLiCWow flow directly into a restricted KLiCWow fund at the foundation. KLiCWow funds and in kind contributions are managed solely by the KLiCWow organizing committee. Because this project is being managed solely by volunteers, all funds donated are fully dedicated to the accomplishment and success of the KLiCWow project.
KLiCWow’s organizational and administrative costs have been fully covered thanks to a generous early donation from a source who wants to remain anonymous.
Let’s all stand up for our kids and make this happen! Donate today!
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