September 24, 2010

Putting kids to work (for the greater good)

Yes Kidz Can logoIn Memphis, Tenn., an 11-year-old boy decided that his school needed a playground. As part of a class writing assignment, Triston Gillon decided to compose a letter to Peter Davoren, chairman and CEO of Turner Corp, to ask for help. Peter wrote back -- and enclosed a check for $50,000.

Triston is proof that children can accomplish amazing things if they put their minds to it. YesKidzCan, a new online network, recognizes the untapped potential of our nation's little ones by offering fun, tangible ways to bring giving experiences into lives.

In their words:

Our philosophy is this: Do what you can! If you have one special time during the year you devote to community service – great! If you like to read books or talk at the dinner table about community service, terrific! If you would like to assemble a group of friends and have a group effort – great again! By nurturing an interest and appreciation for giving back at an early age, YesKidzCan! is helping develop the community service leaders of tomorrow.

YesKidzCan offers downloadable "Acts of Kindness" community service kits, with lots of ideas for keeping your kids busy, whether it's baking dog biscuits to donate to local animal shelters or painting murals on hospital walls.

We at KaBOOM! are big fans of play, but we're also not opposed to putting kids to work! Especially if that work is for the greater good.

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