Who are our children?
We have gathered some interesting demographic data on the current elementary students we have attending Cherry Street. Obviously our children are more than just some percentage of a pie chart but this information can give us and you a snip-it of information about some of the challenges they may face. 81% of our children qualify for free or reduced meals from the school district. That indicates their household is considered to be low or extremely low income. 48% of our children do NOT attend church or have an identified church home. 46% of our children are from non traditional family households. These means nearly half our children are in foster care, being raised by a single parent or divorced parents, or are being raised by a grandparent or extended family member.
19% of our children have moved more than 2 times in the past 12 months. We know stability and structure are critical for healthy social and emotional development in children. 17% of children are receiving a special education service from school. This indicates delays in their learning or development. We get new children each year and times change in how services and which classes are offered here at Cherry Street however, it is clear our mission is still needed in Chanute. We are committed to help children develop spiritually, emotionally, physically, and academically with in the community…
View the complete October 2016 newsletter in PDF format
Summer Time Fun!
We are in full swing for our summer program! We are welcoming 60 children each day. We have attended 2 VBS sessions; one with 1st UMC and the other with the 1st Baptist Church. We are participating in swimming lessons, offering classes in Gardening, reading and math enrichment, physical education, and a variety of other fun opportunity for the children. We are also planning a few field trips! We have partnered with USD 413 to help with transportation for this summer. We are also partnering with the Chanute Rec. Center to provide a nutritious snack each day to EVERY child (ages 1– 19) at the pool as part of our expanded Summer Food Service Program. All of this is provided FREE to the children of Chanute! Please pray for the success of our goal of expanding our program to reach more children. We have faith that the additional financial needs to expand will be provided for, as always, by our Heavenly Father through our amazing supporters of our Cherry Street ministry!
We are needing Donations for the Christmas Baskets (Only a few months way):
We are needing dish soap and laundry detergent. Donations can be brought to 710 N. Forest.
Our annual skating party was a blast! We celebrate the year and the children’s hard work on their academic efforts. This year Skate City donated a soda pop for every child who attended. We thank them for their generosity!
Holy Week at Cherry Street
The week leading up to Easter is a special time at Cherry Street! During Holy Week, our children learn about Jesus’ amazing gift to each one of us. Our bible teachers prepared hands on lessons for the children to learn of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, his death, and his resurrection.
The children receive Easter baskets as part of the Holy Week celebration.
Happy Valentines Day!
The new revised standard version of the Bible references Love 317 times in the Old Testament and 221 times in the New Testament. Let’s remember to look to His word, for guidance and understanding. Please know that you are loved! He loves us no matter where we are in our walk with Christ. First Corinthians 12:4-8 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Good news! No, great news!
Our God is a mighty God! We met our $50,000 Fundraising challenge!!! You have made such an amazing impact on our ability to provide quality facilities, loving staff, and enriching activities to the children here at Cherry Street. Our community and contributors have always been so supportive of our mission and ministry and we want to send out a HUGE thank you to our Main Street business partners and their customers that helped contribute to our “Hands and Feet” fundraising campaign. We received nearly $1,500 in donations from the following business partners: Save-a-Lot, G&W, Consignment, Comforts of Home, Talk of the Town, Opies, Grain Bin, Feathered Nest, Love Shack, and Play Makers. G&W even held a contest among the staff to see who could sell the most “Hands and Feet”. Char Wells won first place! Chanute is an amazing community and we feel the Love!
We are always looking for volunteers to help in our Eden Garden. If gardening feeds your soul, please contact our administrative office at 620-431-2161 to let us know how you can help.
Books, books, and more books!
Each of our children set a reading goal! At our West building (kids 3rd-5th grade) they set a semester goal. We had 100% of the children meet their goal!! Keep up the good work Ms. Natalie’s kids! Please consider volunteering your time to work with our young readers on Mondays and Tuesdays at Cherry Street East (K-2nd grade). Learning to read is the key to a bright future!
Good news! No, great news!
Our God is a mighty God! We met our $50,000 Fundraising challenge!!! You have made such an amazing impact on our ability to provide quality facilities, loving staff, and enriching activities to the children here at Cherry Street. Our community and contributors have always been so supportive of our mission and ministry and we want to send out a HUGE thank you to our Main Street busi-ness partners and their customers that helped contribute to our “Hands and Feet” fundraising campaign. We re-ceived nearly $1,500 in donations from the following busi-ness partners: Save-a-Lot, G&W, Consignment, Comforts of Home, Talk of the Town, Opies, Grain Bin, Feathered Nest, Love Shack, and Play Makers. G&W even held a con-test among the staff to see who could sell the most “Hands and Feet”. Char Wells won first place! Chanute is an amazing community and we feel the LOVE!