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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!!

 

Swim Meet Feb 2019

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Swim Meet Feb 2019

Kids2Kids Makes A SPLASH!

By Stephanie Crowley

February 9, 2019

 

The Morristown High School pool filled with a roaring crowd this past Saturday–but with a twist!  The Kids2Kids Special Needs Mentoring Program bi-annual swim meet just might be the most exciting event of the season!  

 

After 7 years of her work with Kids2Kids, Juliana Scerbo, a senior from Mountain Lakes High School and K2K Board Member, said the best thing about the meet “is seeing all the new faces of swimmers each year and the joy on parents’ faces as they witness their child’s abilities.”

 

Every Saturday at the Morristown High School pool, special needs swimmers are paired with a teen mentor who teaches mechanics and helps swimmers conquer fears in the water.  The K2K swim meet consummates weeks of practice and swimmers get so excited to show all they’ve learned; sometimes surprising themselves!

 

Zoe Antonius, a senior at Mendham High School and K2K Board Member, reflected on the day’s events and noted how many success stories there are–from swimmers learning to dive in at the start of their race to swimmers like Brian, age 10, who swam his first full lap in competition.

 

The meet is held like any official swim meet:  starters, judges, heats of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke.  Only this meet you will see mentors lined along the pool edge cheering for their swimmer, parents taping every race, and therapists monitoring behaviors and actions.  “This is result of what is possible when teens use their talent and empathy. The program could not exist without all of our teen mentors who give so much of their time to share with our special needs kids.  As a parent of a special needs child, we have to work so hard to find the right environment and appropriate programs for our kids to participate in. Kids2Kids has filled this void”, says Dave May, father of Ryan who swims on Morristown High School swim team and is a current student at the school.  “Many of our K2K special needs swimmers also participate in our other programs that run weeknights at other locations in the school district. The K2K program, lead by some amazing teens, has spun into so many more activities that provide a safe place for our special needs kids.”

 

Dawn Gaita, mother of 12 year old Erik, has witnessed incredible growth and new abilities in her Down’s Syndrome son who also has a few additional diagnoses.  “We have come to K2K programs for the past 7 years. There is no judgement here and my son can be active and involved in a sport at his level. There is so much peer interaction and no competition to participate–my son is accepted and not ‘cut’ because of his inability or speed.”  Both Dawn and Erik’s mentor, Morristown High senior Sean Manning, were so proud to witness Erik push past his limitations and complete his first full lap of competition. Mentors build trust with swimmers over time and then the breakthrough results in some big accomplishments! Erik’s smile proved to the crowd how special this program truly is.  

 

K2K offers additional classes in Yoga, Golf, Running, Art, Theater, and Tae Kwon Do.  For more information on how to become a teen mentor for K2K or to join this network of special needs families, visit our website at:  www.kidstokids.us