Do you know what we always wished for on a sunny day? An outdoor classroom of course! This past year KIND opened its very own outdoor classroom. It provides space to not only run and play but learn about nature and gardening, while soaking in the sunshine on perfect fall days. This space has been a hit not only with kids but with teachers who know the importance of taking a break in the fresh air while learning.
Having a hard time getting to KIND after school? No problem We’ll pick you up! We know it can be hard to find time to drop off your children at KIND after work, and we are here to help. Everyday day we provide free pick up and drop offs from your home. Even with your full schedule children can still take advantage of the after school homework help and classes provided by KIND.
Fall 2018 Kids In New Directions in collaboration with Spark Art studio, in Kettering, came together to design a KIND Mural. With the help of these generous local artist and enthusiasm from our kids this art work has been a complete success! Our students feel a great sense of pride at seeing their work displayed and we are delighted to leave our mark on the character of East Dayton.
This year KIND was lucky enough to hire six outstanding teachers from Dayton Public Schools. They will be here at KIND ready to provide homework help, Math, English, and STEM classes all year round from 4-6PM. Homework help and individualized attention has been proven to improve not only grades but overall interest in education. We hope to be able to help all our kids not only get good grades but shine inside and outside the classroom.
KIND has been working in collaboration with the YMCA to establish a teen leader’s class. This class is being held every Friday at the downtown YMCA with the goal of educating our teen students on what it means to be a leader based on the tenants of respect, knowledge, and kindness. The class is contingent on the continuous attendance of our 6-8th Kind students every week throughout the month of September. The goal is to have created enough interest from the students and the YMCA to provide each student form a YMCA membership . Over the summer we have seen a growth in interest in teens to be part of KIND. This partnership is the first step in creating a teen program.
Keith Valiquette has served KIND since its beginning in 1987 as a summer program. His leadership helped KIND in its early years grow into a year round program. He has served on the board including his present position of President. Since the beginning, he has been the volunteer Director of Development managing all aspects of fundraising and foundation relationships. Keith is a native Daytonian with a real love for the inner East Dayton community.
Do you hate broccoli? Avoid even SAYING the words Lima beans? We want to change all that. Every week KIND will be teach a nutrition class showing our kids all about healthy eating. Not only will they be introduced to new foods and vegetables but they will also learn how to make some easy snacks with them. So instead of grabbing a bag of potato chips we’d rather reach for some apples and peanut-butter.
Youth Works has been working hard all summer! They are a group of Dayton High School kids helping make Dayton a better place. During this summer they have been involved in all sorts for community service from cleaning up overgrown yards to helping at the local food pantry.
Earlier this summer the KIND kids had to opportunity to learn about the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad. It was a fun day filled with history and most importantly HUGE locomotives! It was a beautiful way to spend the afternoon passing the scenery in Warren township, Turtle Creek Township, and Union Township.
Access to clean clothes is an essential part of everyday life. It can add to a child’s self-confidence in school. Access to facilities to wash clothes every week can be difficult and expensive. Here at KIND, we want to make sure every child has access to clean clothing. Beginning in the summer of 2018 we started our laundry days program, every child who is in need of using a washer or dryer has an assigned day where they can bring in their clothes and one of our instructors will assist them this washing, drying, and folding their clothes.
This fall 2018 term we welcomed two new artists to KIND, Maiya and Jamie. Jamie is the owner of Spark Art Studio located at 3126 Wilmington Pike in Kettering, where she runs a children’s art studio and teaches regular classes. Art classes are held two times a week and used as a time for self-reflection and creativity. The children’s art is used to beautify KIND and hopefully come to beautify the neighborhood. So far the projects the children have completed, like self-portraits are used promote their self-esteem. Recently the students created their own shoe designs to celebrate the upcoming Shoes 4 the Shoeless event we will be hosting Saturday, September 22nd.
Beginning in Fall of 2018 Kiser Elementary School changed it’s school schedule, delaying its dismal hours until 4 PM. This was causing students who wanted to participate in KIND, unable to attend. To resolve this issue KIND has partnered with Kiser elementary and now offers busing directly from Kiser to our building. Allowing them to continuing participating in their favorite after-school program!
Come join KIND this Saturday, September 22nd at 11AM for the annual Shoes 4 the Shoeless event. We will be giving away free shoes and clothes for children of all ages. There is no need to be registered with KIND, come enjoy some games for a fun day of KIND-ness and giving. We will be spending the morning outside the KIND building at 2338 E 5th St.
Dawn Mumford is one of six licensed teachers working here at KIND. She has had a long and rewarding career in education spanning over 20 years including being an instructor at the University of Dayton. She is an experienced Mathematics Teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Educational Leadership, Teaching, Research, Staff Development, and Higher Education. Strong education professional with a Master’s Degree focused in Applied Mathematics from University of Dayton.
In order to encourage our students to be leaders at home and in their communities we have assigned student leaders with in KIND. They have the opportunity to apply the skills they have learned in the YMCA leaders club to act as role models for our classes. They are responsible for displaying good behavior, courtesy, and kindness.
Jamie Aubin, Owner and Director of Spark Art Studio, comes with over 16 years of art education, and over 25 years of art experience. Born in Dayton, Jamie has had the need to express herself in visual arts her whole life. She truly found her niche in high school through sculpture. She carried this love for sculpture into her studies at Wright State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture. She has been a featured artist locally, and nationally at a variety of different art shows. In 2015, after several years of employment as a principal teacher at Spark Art Studio, took a leap of faith and purchased the studio from it’s previous owner and began a multi-year initiative to grow and expand the reach of Spark. Jamie, through Spark, has been able to expand her studio by 36%, and reach students from 6 counties surrounding the greater Dayton area. Jamie finds much inspiration in the natural world, but has a particular affinity for artists like Kahlo, Matisse, and Dali. She often says “…art is the visual escape of one’s imagination”. For more information about Jamie, visit sparkartstudio.com