Get Ready for Fall and Shop for a Cause!
Over the last few weeks, many children we know have excitedly shopped for brand new school supplies, filled their lunch boxes with delicious snacks, strapped on their backpacks, and posed for first day of school photos, before climbing onto a big yellow bus headed for the adventure of a new school year. It has been a time of excitement. anticipation, and maybe a little nervousness. Education is the promise of exploration, discovery, growth, and stimulation. For children with special needs in China, however, the opportunity to experience all these things is very limited and often an impossibility.
Due to their special needs, these children are unable to attend public school, and the promise of education is lost to them. They do not experience the joy of opening a brand new box of crayons, or know the wonder of seeing writing on a page become the doorway to a world of imagination. For them, the world is often a very small place. But it doesn’t have to be…
It has been our privilege, through our Believe In Me Schools, to bring education and all that it promises to approximately 200 children, many with special needs. The schools, located within six orphanages across China, have given the children the opportunity to experience all of the joys of learning, while expanding their worlds as far as their imaginations will take them!
And it’s not just their minds that are getting a workout — their bodies are, too! Through fun activities and games, the children have been able to develop greater core strength, improved balance, and hand-eye coordination.
They have learned to use smaller manipulatives and writing tools that improve fine motor skills, all while having the time of their lives! The schools provide a place for play and structured activity, a place for discovery and challenge, a place where children can reach their true potential, a place where the children learn to believe in themselves.
We are partnering with Sevenly this week to support these children who deserve the same chance as the children who have returned to school this week. For each item purchased through Sevenly for the next five days, Sevenly will donate $7 to our Education Program.
Many different style options are available for each design — from tees, both v-neck and crew, to tanks, to hoodies — even baseball shirts and kid styles. We are pleased to report that we have already raised $3,500 — halfway to our goal! We invite you to take a look at Sevenly’s quality products and consider making a purchase to benefit special needs education.
Not only will you be ready for fall in a brand new tee or hoodie, but you will have helped a child without hope for an education know that they count!