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…
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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.”
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!
It’s Holy Week at Church Street. Our Bible teacher Stacie Qualls Stich, prepared the triumphal entry for the kids to act out. She also had a limbo game with the Palm leaves. The kids got to walk on the Palm leaves as we cheered. Please pray that we will bring glory to God as we share his story.
Each month this semester, Cherry Street children are learning an “I Am” statement. Each of these statements represents a very important message Jesus has for all people.
January’s statement is “I am made.” We believe that every child should know that he or she is fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
February’s statement is “I am precious.” Just like the song says, “[the children] are precious in His sight.” Cherry Street teaches the children that Jesus considers each one of them loveable and worthwhile.
March’s statement is “I am saved.” First and foremost, we teach each child that he or she can be saved by grace through Jesus Christ.
April’s statement is “I am light.” Each child at Cherry Street learns Jesus came to be the light of the world, but He has also commissioned all of us to be a light with Him.
May’s statement “I am able.” Cherry Street strives to show every child that he or she is capable and responsible.
View the Newsletter for February 2015
Cherry Street Youth Center, Inc., is an Ecumenical Ministry formed to help develop children emotionally, spiritually, physically, and academically in the community.
In October, an anonymous donor pledged to give two dollars for every one dollar we received in November and December. The original goal was to raise $30,000 on or before December 31. The $30,000 goal was met on November 21, so the donor increased our goal to $50,000. We are thrilled to announce that we met that goal as well. In fact, you raised almost 75% of our annual budget in two months. Thank you for helping us meet our Christmas Challenge!
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