CHALLENGE TIME NOVEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

Newsletter November 2017

Challenge time!

              This year November marks the first month of our annual fundraising campaign .  Our goal is to raise the funds we need for another year of running Cherry Street.  We currently work with 139 children K-8th grade each day in our East, West, and Warehouse programs.    Every child starts their day with us with a nutritious after school snack and is sent home knowing a little more about God’s love for them!   Proverbs 22:6  Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life.  GNT

As you know, we are growing here at Cherry Street.  We are working with more children than ever before and are offering new and creative learning opportunities to the children.  Our garden program is expanding to include a greenhouse and we have added honey bees to the program.  Growth does mean additional operating cost.  We have a $50,000 match challenge again this year!  We have a donor willing to match $1 for $1 to kick off our fundraising season.  Each dollar donated to Cherry Street now through December 25th will go towards meeting the  match.  When we meet this challenge we will have $100,000 to go towards next years budget.  That will be about 1/3 of what we need for the year.  God provides for our needs through each of you and your donations.  Your volunteer work with the children is another provision through God.  Your investment into our children can be life changing!

We are blessed to be a blessing!  Scripture makes it clear that God blesses us not so we can live with greed, but so we can bless others. God loves a cheerful giver. When He sees that someone is giving freely out of love, God blesses them more.  As you find yourself considering what mission or ministry to support, please put Cherry Street at the top your list.  We have had over 1400 children come through the doors at Cherry Street sine 1995,  That’s a lot of lives receiving guidance and tender nurturing.  Please help us share God’s word and love with the children of Chanute.

All donations can be mailed to us at PO Box 414 Chanute, Ks 66720.  You can also donate on line through our Facebook page (Cherry Street Youth Center) or our web site at www.cherrystreet.org.

Your Sister in Christ,

Jennifer

 

October 2017 Newsletter

                                                                    Read more about our Greenhouse in our October Newsletter

We are growing Cherry Street!

I am very excited to share our plan to grow!  We will be adding a greenhouse and a new classroom space for our garden class.  Our garden class was started in 2003.  It has been a great way to provide our children with hands on learning, problem solving opportunities, and to gain knowledge of growing their own food.

The dream of a greenhouse is not new.   A few years ago we received donations for the specific purpose of purchasing a greenhouse.  Those moneys have been in a savings account and have allowed us to begin the fabrication process with Stuppy Inc.  They are a well known company in Kansas City that builds greenhouses.  We will be getting a 30 x 48 foot greenhouse.  This will enable us to do year round growing with the children!

 

September 2017 Newsletter

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Hear all about it!

Well…. not quite yet.  We will be making an exciting announcement next month in our newsletter!  Please keep the Board of Directors in your prayers as we continue to make improvements at Cherry Street.   Proverbs 3:5-6  NIV  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. 

 

August 2017 Newsletter

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Back to School!

Our children will be coming back to Cherry Street and the Warehouse program on August 16th.  Our “theme” for the year is going to be Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians.  We will be dedicating one month to each fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.

Please pray and consider how you can help us in our mission to share the fruit this school year with the children.  We always need volunteers and love to have guest speakers.

July 2017 Newsletter

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Summer FUN!

So far this summer, our children were able to attend TWO VBS programs, 60 children have completed two weeks of swim lessons and we have served about 1,000 breakfasts and 1,500 lunches in June.  As part of our dinosaur week, Mr. Martin, a Geologist from KDOT came and spoke with the children about the fossils we can expect to find in Kansas.   We have a fun filled July planned for the children.  We just want to thank each of you for your financial support and prayers for our summer programs!!

June 2017 Newsletter

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Warehouse Happenings

Our first year of middle school programming is in the books as a successful year!  We had over 30 children registered to attend through out the school year.  We want to thank the Presbyterian Church for housing us.  Ms. Mary (with the church) has been super helpful and a great mentor to the children.

We anticipate growth in the program for next year as many of our current 5th graders plan to attend next year as a middle schooler.  We hosted a 5th grade “tour” of the program and the kids had a blast.

We truly feel these children need poured into.  Please pray for guidance for the Warehouse staff to fill the needs and let these children grow in Christ.

May 2017 Newsletter

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Annual Skate Party!!!

We are required to track grades for the children attending Cherry Street to report on one of our goals for our After School Enhancement Grant.  Collecting report cards for over 100 children each semester can be quite a task.  The skate party is a reward for all the children that have turned in their report cards and to celebrate all their progress through out the year!

April 2017 Newletter

 

Spring Buzz

The children have been busy preparing for spring planting.  Seedlings have been growing in our classroom with the help of our special lamps.  Potatoes have been cut and planted.  We are developing some raised beds for our strawberries.  And construction of our new bee hives has been finished!

We pray for a good growing season.  We pray that our children will soak up knowledge and appreciation for all the wonderful things God grows for us in the garden this year.

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October 2016 Newsletter

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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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