2019 Summer Programs
Our middle school students are going to focus on the One Direction in life that will lead to the most success this summer. Each one of us was created with intention and purpose. Our choices can lead us in directions that take us away from our Father in Heaven. Our middle school students will learn new skills and sharpen the ones they already have this summer to help them recognize when they or their loved ones are heading in the wrong direction. The summer is packed with fun, fellowship, and service opportunities.
The elementary students will be learning about light. They will learn the science of light and the power behind each Christian light in all of us. We will be attending VBS at the 1st United Methodist Church and the 1st Baptist Church this summer. The children will have two weeks of swimming lessons in June. Our July will be so bright, and full of fun, the kids will need shades!
WOW, we had over 100 high school students come to our 3 campuses to help spruce things up! They bagged 27 bags worth of leaves and weeds, helped level and move dirt, laid gravel around the greenhouse, cleaned equipment, and helped “fluff” our wood chips on the playground. In addition to the CHS students and staff, we had two of our loyal volunteers help with the large equipment. Kenny Herder brought his skid steer to help move dirt and gravel and Larry Mallet assisted on the play ground with the tiller.
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April is always an amazing time at Cherry Street. Spring has sprung, the kids and staff are re-energized from spring break, and we have a special holy week! Holy week is our opportunity to teach children about Jesus’ final days before his crucifixion and resurrection.
We have been doing our annual Church visits.
We take helping our children find a church home seriously. Each year we take our west students to area churches to see what that church is all about and what they have to offer in their kids ministry.
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Grow, Grow, Grow!
We are so excited about what’s growing in our greenhouse! We have had some trails and errors but Chris Wehlage of SEK Landscape has been working along side with us and we have green things growing!!
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I am very excited to share that we met 100% of our 50,000 challenge!!!! As of the print of this newsletter we have received 18,240.86 toward our match for the additional 30,000 challenge we received. We still have a few checks coming in dated back in December that will continue to go towards that 30,000. When we receive the match funds we will have 138,482 to go toward next years operating cost!!
Thank you for all your generosity in 2018!!
December is the final month of your annual fundraising challenge. We are nearly to 30,000 at the end of November. Our goal is to reach 80,000 by the end of this month. Your financial support is so critical and appreciated here at Cherry Street. Our day to day operations are possible because of our contributors! Just last mother we purchased $1300 worth of food for after school snacks, needed 23 bags of soil for the greenhouse, and had to have the sewer system at Warehouse worked on due to roots clogging the line.
October started our annual challenge off with just under $8,000 in donations! That leaves $72,000 left to raise in the next two months to allow us to have all of the potential match funds. I would love to personally come to a church service, community organizational meeting, staff meeting, board meeting or what ever opportunity you can make available to speak about our ministry with the children of Chanute and why financially supporting our after school programs is so important to our kids and the community. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the office at 431-2161. Thank you for everyone’s support!!
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Newsletter November 2018
Newsletter September 2018
Jesus Loves me, this I know…
Many of you know this children’s song by heart. I learned it in Sunday school at a very early age.
We are so excited to start a new school year with our children here at Cherry Street! We have new learning opportunities and we have tweaked classes to make them more effective and fun for the children. We currently have 130 children registered in our elementary and middle school programs combined. About half of those children do not attend church regularly or do not have a “church home”. 69% of our children come from lower income homes which qualify for free or reduced meals at school.
We want to teach EVERY child that Jesus loves them. We want them to know there is nothing that can separate them from his love. We want to fill them with hope and power to achieve the great plan He has for their lives. Please be praying for each child and for every staff member this year.
Newsletter August 2018
Back to School
Summer was a blast but we are ready for our children to return! We will have 100 elementary students and approximately 30 middle school students with us after school. We are excited for the changes and additions to our program options for our kids this year. Greenhouse gardening will be a new challenge but one we are ready to take on and the additional classroom space fills two needs. It offers a safe place during severe weather and much needed classroom space. Please be prayerful for a good year. Pray for our children and their families. Pray for our staff to be filled and ready for challenges each individual child may have. Please pray for our board of directors to continue to lead Cherry Street according to God’s will.