|Ready to Ride: Seiko, Maggie & Karen
“Biking for Kids” Highlights FACES SF After School Programs
On April 6, Board co-President Karen Wing, Seiko Velder, director of childcare for infants and toddlers, and fiscal manager Maggie Ni will ride in the 100k Cinderella Classic bicycle ride to raise money for our After School program. The ride, a unique bicycle tour for women of all ages that courses through Amador, Livermore, Diablo, and San Ramon Valleys, is organized by the Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Club. The Club donates proceeds from registration fees to a variety of organizations.
The FACES SF after school program adds a critical element to the educational development of the low-income children in our care: enrichment activities that engage and educate children while keeping them safe. After-school enrichment programs are a vital component of children’s development, enabling them to develop new interests, learn new skills, and broaden their perspective of the world. Low-income children need these programs just as much as more advantaged children in better-funded schools, and the FACES SF After School program fills this important need.
Much evidence shows that children who participate in After School programs:
- show increased interest and ability in reading
- show improved school attendance, increased engagement in school, and reduced dropout rate
- turn in more and better quality homework and can spend more time on task
- are held back or placed in special education classes less frequently
- show higher aspirations for the future, including intention to complete high school and go to college.
With your contribution our after-school program can keep providing the vital enrichment activities to help our children develop academically, expand their horizons, and stay safe. One component of our After School program is the arts program – please see the video below of one young dancer’s performance at our December 5 launch party.
SUPPORT OUR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM TODAY