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KidUnity Spring 2019 Essay Contests

KidUnity is excited to announce our 2019 essay contest for students in grades 3-6. Essay questions and contest information are listed below. We will announce a winner for each grade level. 

 

Winners (3rd-5th grades, one winner per grade), selected by a KidUnity panel of teachers, will receive a free dress pass, a $20 gift certificate, and will be able to direct a KidUnity donation of $50 to a charity of their choice. Winners will also be able to present their essays at flag line.

Winner (6th), selected by a KidUnity panel of teachers, will receive free dress, frozen yogurt for her/his service learning group, and will be able to direct a KidUnity donation of $100 to a charity that supports her/his service group's mission. The winner will also be able to present her/his essay at flag line.

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Join us in Supporting The Giving Spirit's Winter Outreach for the Homeless

KidUnity will be helping assemble and deliver survival kits to Los Angeles' homeless. Here are some details from the Giving Spirit:

 

Please join us on December 13-16, as we unite for the 19th year to provide sustenance, support, and connection to homeless men, women, and children in Los Angeles.

Volunteer to assemble life-saving kits with over 60 essential items for our homeless neighbors.

Hit the streets to distribute survival kits directly to homeless individuals and to our partner agencies, a moving, life-altering experience for all involved.

Attend our Learning Experience sessions to learn about the plight of LA’s homeless individuals and how our community can make a difference.

 

We need helping hands and caring hearts to reach thousands need. Touching homeless lives, by providing items for sustenance, a welcoming smile, and an ear to hear their stories, will bring joy to their lives, while adding tremendous value and awareness to yours.

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Guide Athletes with Disabilties With Achilles Los Angeles

KidUnity works closely with Achilles Los Angeles (Peter Sheehy is co-director of both organizations) and we have many students who come out on Sunday mornings at 9am in Santa Monica to encourage, guide, and socialize with athletes with disabilities. Our student guides rage in age from 5th grade through high school.

The mission of Achilles International - and AchillesLA - is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement.

Achilles programs focus on running, but the truth is, running is simply the tool for accomplishing our main objective: to bring hope, inspiration, and the joys of achievement to all.

Build a Library! Be a Mystery Guest Reader!

Improving literacy is "an act of social justice." Kids need to be surrounded by real books if they are going to succeed in school, become life-long learners, and develop as engaged, informed, and empathic citizens. As Lucy Calkins (creator of the famed Readers and Writers Project at Columbia University's Teachers College) explains, “the research on reading achievement is unequivocal and long-standing, and it shows clearly that reading is . . . everything. Children’s reading engagement, including the amount and variety of what they read, is directly linked not just to reading achievement, but also to overall academic achievement.”  We now know that one's access to books  - beginning at an early age - also impacts a child's future earning potential. Yet despite this clear evidence, many families lack the resources to have books at home and many schools struggle to build and maintain adequate classroom libraries. 

In response to this problem, KidUnity is launching our Build a Library initiative. This program calls upon families who are committed to greater equity in education to help build libraries in public schools that serve a high percentage of low income families. Here's what you can do to help - ​

  • Organize friends and collect new or gently used books for donation (please consult teacher wish lists for guidance when collecting books)

  • Create flyers to educate others about the tremendous importance of books in the lives of young children.

  • Make a tax deductible donation to one of our partner schools so that teachers may purchase new books for their classrooms.

  • Visit one of our partner schools with your child to deliver books and/or read a book to the students as a "mystery guest reader."

  • KidUnity's first partner for the Build A Library program is the New Los Angeles Charter Elementary School. This school opened in August 2016 and welcomed its first classes of TK, K and 1st grade students. New LA has adopted Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (Lucy Calkins/TCRWP) and is hoping to fill its classrooms with books from the newly established TCRWWP classroom library collections.

    KidUnity Presidential Election Essay/Political Cartoon Contest

    KidUnity welcomes entries from fifth, sixth and seventh graders on ONE of following topics:

    1) Create a political cartoon about the presidential election.

    2) Write a letter to one of the candidates offering advice about what his/her message should be to the American people in the remaining days of the election. (Please limit your essay to two typed pages).

    3) Explain the most important issue for YOU in this campaign and which candidate has the best position on this issue? (Please limit your essay to two typed pages)

    Contest details - 

  • Prizes will be awarded for the best entry for each grade level. Winners will be announced on November 7th.

  • Winning entries will receive a $50 prize and will be able to direct a charitable contribution from KidUnity to a charity of his/her choice.

  • Entries will be judged by a panel of journalists and teachers.

  • Entries should be submitted to peter.sheehy@kidunity.us on or before November 5th at 5:00 pm.

  • Cartoons should be scanned and emailed as a pdf.

  • Essays should be emailed as a pdf.

  • Entries should clearly indicate the student’s name, grade, contact info and school.

  • Read our WINNING ESSAY from the seventh grade contest!

    Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert

    October 18, 2015, 3-5pm

    Join KidUnity in supporting the Santa Monica Music Students Service League Daniel Pearl World Music Days concert on October 18 at the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica. 

     

    If you would like to help by being an usher, please email peter@kidunity.us

     

    Daniel Pearl World Music Days is an international network of concerts that use the power of music to reaffirm our commitment to tolerance and humanity. Since 2002, Daniel Pearl World Music Days has grown to include the participation of more than 13,300 performances in 129 countries. World Music Days is an awareness-raising program, not a fundraiser. 

     

    Community Arts at the Wallis Annenberg Theater

    Sunday, September 20th, 3-5pm

    JOIN KIDUNITY FOR A SPECIAL FAMILY SERVICE LEARNING EVENT 

    Sunday, September 20th from 3:00 - 5:00pm

    The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

     

    • LEARN about the importance of arts in the community! EXPERIMENT with art as a tool for social awareness and change.

    • EXPERIENCE the Annenberg Theater first-hand through improvisational games - ON STAGE! - directed by Groundling trained improvisational comedians!

    • JOIN Sharon Davis, former first lady of California and founding Board Member of the Annenberg, in a behind the scenes look at how a world class theater serves the community!

     

    Our family event is free, and most appropriate for parents, and children in grades 3-6. Please RSVP to peter@kidunity.us

     

    The Wallis Annenberg Center is located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90210. (310.746.4000). Self-parking is available in the underground garage (450 N. Crescent Drive) with entrances off of Crescent Drive and South Santa Monica Boulevard.

     

    Landfill Harmonic - June 1, 2015

    KIDUNITY STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO JOIN A PRIVATE SCREENING OF THE DOCUMENTARY FILM - LANDFILL HARMONIC (HOSTED BY CARLTHORP SCHOOL)

    Landfill harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a paraguayan musical youth group of kids that live next to one of South America’s largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra plays music from instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. With the guidance of their music director, they must navigate this new world of arenas and sold out concerts. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit. 

    (http://www.landfillharmonicmovie.com)

     

    Read film reviews from KidUnity graduates!

    UBH Home Run for Kids 5/10K February 8, 2015

    TEAM KIDUNITY HAS WORKED HARD TO PROMOTE THIS CHARITY 5K/10K. COME RUN WITH US TO END HOMELESSNESS! 

    This event will raise money for the Upwrad Bound House family homeless shelters. Run the race and visit the KidUnity booth for snacks and a free sports bottle.

    Giving Tuesday - December 2, 2014

    TEAM KIDUNITY CELEBRATES "GIVING TUESDAY" WITH A WORKSHOP ON THE SPIRIT OF HOLIDAY GIVING (IDENTIFY, RESEARCH, DONATE)

    This fun, team­building project will engage children in holiday giving by allowing them to them define, explore, and research issues (using the Internet) that they would like their family to donate to for the holidays. Students will research/evaluate the causes that interest them, and then present their findings to the group. Later at home, each student will guide a family discussion about potential donations. 

    The Good Lie - December 11, 2014

    KIDUNITY STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO JOIN A PRIVATE SCREENING OF THE GOOD LIE

    KidUnity students and their parents will be the guests of the Just Keep Livin Foundation (special thanks to Shannon Rotenberg!) for a private screening of The Good Lie. The movie, which is based on real­life events, tells the story of an American woman who helps four young Sudanese refugees ­ known as Lost Boys of Sudan ­ after they win a lottery to relocate to the United States. 

    The Giving Spirit - December 13, 2014

    TEAM KIDUNITY WILL ASSEMBLE SURVIVAL KITS FOR LA'S HOMELESS

    KidUnity (parents/siblings are welcome to join!) will join The Giving Spirit at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church for a fun, group project of assembling “survival kits” for Los Angeles’ homeless. The kids will be amazed as crate after crate of supplies are delivered into the gymnasium, where teams of children and adults, working in assembly lines, produce thousands of “survival kits.” See http://www.thegivingspirit.org/winter_outreach_2014 for more information.

    Daniel Pearl World Music Days - October 26, 2014

    KIDUNITY STUDENTS WILL HELP COLLECT TICKETS, DISTRIBUTE PROGRAMS, AND SERVE REFRESHMENTS AT THIS CONCERT.

    KidUnity is pleased to assist the Music Students' Service League Daniel Pearl World Music Days concert in Santa Monica at the Anne and Jerry Moss Theater at the New Roads School. 

     

    The Daniel Pearl World Music Days is an international network of concerts that use the power of music to reaffirm our commitment to tolerance and humanity. Since 2002, Daniel Pearl World Music Days has grown to include the participation of more than 11,000 performances in 129 countries. World Music Days is an awareness-raising program, not a fundraiser. 

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