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Morristown Boys go “off road” to raise funds!

Posted by on Sep 2, 2021 in News | 0 comments

Morristown Boys go “off road” to raise funds!

Morristown boys go ‘off road’ to raise money for Kids2Kids

 

So what did you accomplish during COVID this summer?  If you want to be impressed by a group of teenage boys–check this out!

Owen Genrich, Ciaran Myers, David Stephens, Dylan Kratochvil and Luca Hadley love to bike and decided to challenge themselves with a multi-day ride from Jackson Township, through the New Jersey Pine Barrens, to the lighthouse at Cape May this past July. Researching this 154 mile trek, on mostly off road trails, included: upgrading their equipment, figuring out daily ride totals, and planning campsites and their food and water requirements for the entire 3 night/4day adventure. As the plan came together they also realized that this was also a great way to provide support for a cause that has had to scale back due to COVID, ‘why not raise money for a cause doing what we love to do?!’–that’s when the boys decided to fundraise for Kids2Kids.

 

Kids2Kids is a Morristown based volunteer organization for kids run by kids.  This non-profit organization has a mission to develop lifelong skills of special needs children through inspiring leadership of young adult mentors.  All programming, which includes swimming, Tae KwonDo, yoga, basketball, art, drama and golf, are grounded in basic skill development and incredible peer relationships.  The underserved special needs community usually has a difficult time finding the right program and right price for their child to just participate in an activity.  With fundraising efforts like this multi-day bike ride, K2K programs are offered at low to minimal costs for special needs families.

Owen Genrich has been an active mentor with the K2K program, and realized that connecting his passion with his volunteerism was natural. “I have been involved with K2K’s mentoring program and knew additional money would be beneficial for the program and the kids.”

Mackenzie May, a founding member of K2K and a key mentor involved at the grassroots level to our current programming, had great reflection on the boys’ interest to fundraise:  “This is a wonderful example of how our mentors are so passionate about K2K’s mission and going above and beyond to support our kids. After 15 years in operation, it is inspiring to see our efforts continue to grow and further develop our community. I want to thank these mentors on behalf of Kids2Kids for their continued dedication and above and beyond commitment.”  Mackenzie is pictured here receiving the boy’s generous donation. 

The boys trip started near Six Flags Safari Park with a herd of gazelles overlooking the start of the first 50 mile ride. “It was a little rough at first”, due to the rainy weather, but they soldiered on into the Pine Barrens along sandy tracks and numerous flat tires. 

Each day was an adventure of hours of riding up hills, through unpopulated areas, past military bases testing explosives, and interesting interruptions ranging from exploring abandoned trains, planes, and monuments to assisting each other with bike maintenance and support. Each boy took turns leading the pack to provide a nice pocket for the followers to ease the ride a bit, with Luca taking the lion share of this role. They were a strong team throughout the entire length of the trip, from the minute they started in the rain to the moment they ran into the surf in Cape May.

“All in all it was a great trip. Of course we learned a lot along the way”, Dylan summarized.  “We definitely will plan another outing as soon as we can”, added Ciaran.  David explained that the group of them are entering their senior year at Morristown High and certainly have plenty to discuss on their upcoming college essays.  

In total, the boys raised $2050 for K2K from donations made mostly by relatives and other local organizations.  Better yet, there’s a group of very proud parents and accomplished young men that not only created some fun memories but are also enjoying philanthropic satisfaction.  If you are interested in learning more about K2K programming or becoming a teen mentor, please visit our website at www.kidstokids.us

 

 

Learning Academy Fundraiser Concert

Posted by on Jan 8, 2021 in News | 0 comments

Learning Academy  Fundraiser Concert

Please join Paddy May, host of Kids2Kids Sunday Sing Along, for a celebration of music in support of Kids2Kids Learning Academy.

ZOOM LINK WILL OPEN AT 6:45PM ON JANUARY 15TH

K2K Host is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Learning Academy Fundraiser
Time: Jan 15, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Congresswoman Sherrill High Praise for our Mentors

Posted by on Jun 26, 2020 in News | 0 comments

Congresswoman Sherrill High Praise for our Mentors

 

Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, has been an advocate for special needs people since taking office.

She has kept a close watch on the K2K work we do with special needs children.

K2k was invited to participates in her Round Tables on issues that special needs families face each day. She has had representatives at our graduation from CCM for some of our students.

 

She was gracious in creating a video thanking our mentors for their extraordinary efforts during the Pandemic.

“Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill is grateful to the student mentors of the Kids to Kids program for your dedication to continuing to serve our community of children with special needs despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. You are all shining examples of how New Jersey has come together to support each other during the coronavirus pandemic!Here is a link to her high praise to our mentors who even during the pandemic have found ways to stay engaged with our kids.”

Rep Mikie Sherrill shout out     

In Congresswoman Sherrill’s thanks she states: ” The Caring and Concern you have shown has made a huge difference….”

Thank you, Congresswoman Sherrill, for your support!

 

K2K PROGRAMS ONLINE:

K2k has transitions many of our programs to virtual in an effort to support our families.

While we sadly have not been able to reach many of our kids due to the \difficulties with using virtual technology many attend over 11 and growing programs.

You can sign up here:   https://www.kidstokids.us/events/virtual-programs/

We are currently running these programs: Yoga, Exercise, Tai chi, Dance, Sing a long, Game day and One on One chat

 

 

Grace Miller Named NJSIAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Posted by on Jun 17, 2020 in News | 0 comments

Grace Miller Named NJSIAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Grace is on our Exective Board and has been  a leader in our K2k organization. She was exceptionally critical as we transitioned to our Virtual Programs

To read the article: Click here

THANK YOU MENTORS!

Posted by on Jun 15, 2020 in News | 0 comments

THANK YOU MENTORS!

k2K Board developed programs for our kids on Zoom. Mentors have all been a huge part of making it a successe!!

https://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/local/how-we-live/families-children/2020/06/15/kids-to-kids-k-2-k-peer-mentorship-morristown-nonprofit/5344002002/

K2k Goes Virtual

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in News | 0 comments

We are aware of how difficult the time is for our kids and K2K is trying to be supportive.

WE ARE ALSO RECORDING SESSIONS FOR YOU TO USE ANYTIME!

Topic: Thursday Yoga
Start Time : Apr 9, 2020 03:50 PM

Meeting Recording:
CLICK HERE

You should have received an email for registration- if not go to “Get Involved” and register

Schedule:

Monday: Skype Hangout 4:15-5pm

Monday: Zoom Yoga 6:30-7:30pm

Tuesday: Skype Dance Class 4:15-5pm

Wednesday: Skype Hangout 4-5pm (Puzzles)

Thursday: Skype Yoga Class 4:15-5pm

Friday: Skype Hangout 4-5pm (Movies, through screen sharing)

Friday: Zoom Dance 3pm-4pm

Saturday: Skype Hangout 11-12pm (Coloring)

Saturday: Zoom Dryland (exercise) 5:15-6:16

Sunday: Skype Dryland 2-3pm

The activities are not necessary, just prompts to make conversation flow easily.

Mendhan HS IBCP Donation

Posted by on Dec 6, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Mendhan HS IBCP Donation

Students in the International Baccalaureate Career Development  Program selected K2k to be the core of the learning about Not for Profits, culminating in an actual fundraiser. Big thanks to Lucie Antonius, Alex Vilot, and Morgan Robertson. They raised $688.00!

The Philanthropy Project is a guided program that introduces students to the world of service and skills necessary to create an independent Service Learning Project. Students identify their philanthropic interests, research charitable organizations and demonstrated a similar mission through an analysis of that organization.

Els for Autism and the NJ Golf Foundation Event

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Els for Autism and the NJ Golf Foundation Event

 

 

Els for Autism held their annual golf event for special needs children at the Trump National Golf  Bedminster NJ,

The NJ Golf Foundation Pro’s ran a golf clinic for the participants. Chris Hunt, Executive Director of the Foundation also provided gifts to all participants.

 

Kellogg Club Donation to K2k

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Kellogg Club Donation to K2k

Kidstokids is the recipient of the Kellogg Club’s annual donation to a local Not for Profit Organization which is making a significant contribution to the Community.

The Kellogg Club is described as one of the unique treasures of Morristown. It is best known for its Historical Preservation of the Colles Mansion but is much more. It offers year-round social and cultural programs.

Little known is their philanthropic work in supporting the community at large with an annual donation.

This year’s significant donation to Kidstokids goes beyond the financial, as 22 of the volunteers at Kidstokids are also Kellogg Club members.

Thanks, Kellogg Club for your donation!  This award will support the 9 programs and over 150 families Kidstokids serves!!

K2K Recipient of the ARC of Morris Award 2019

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in News | 0 comments

K2K Recipient of the ARC of Morris Award 2019

K2k and especially our Founding Board are the recipients of the 2019 ARC of Morris Distinguished Community Service Award!!