Running and active play are an important part of a happy, balanced childhood, and they’re surprisingly important in helping kids get “ready to learn.” We've developed a number of in-school and after-school active play programs that are being used with great success in rural Maine elementary schools and Head Start centers.
Our early reading programs are designed to help young children catch up by the time they reach kindergarten, and then help keep them reading at grade-level for the rest of their academic careers-- an absolute necessity for academic success. We do this by providing books to kids who have few, if any, in the home, so that they can build their home libraries (a key component of early literacy).
We collaborate and work exclusively with Title 1 schools (where more than 50% of the families are living in poverty) and Head Start centers. All of our programs are free to the kids and have been developed over time to be easily shared and extremely cost-effective.
We've been at this for five years, and have given away hundreds of running shoes to kids who needed them to participate, and over ten thousand curated books to families, schools, and Head Start centers.
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