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KidsPeace Offers Character Education

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KidsPeace Schools in Orefield, PA, are offering a new weekly class to students in residential treatment – Character Education. Teacher Michael Brady has been passionate about introducing this concept for six years and wrote his Master’s Thesis on the subject. “It is experiential education that focuses on building positive relationships and setting the students up to be successful,” Michael explains. Having been a teacher for 12 years, Michael realized that students needed more than content that is assessed at the end of the year to determine if the class was successful.


The students begin by sharing information about themselves with the class and developing a values agreement that they all sign to indicate their acceptance. The kids then use their own words to describe the elements of their learning environment including cooperation, trust, problem-solving, working together in safety, positive communications, discussing emotions and reacting to and accepting student feedback.


Michael has the students suggest projects that they could work on together such as student newsletters, after school programs, incentives similar to those offered in the residential houses, on-campus jobs, creating a music studio, working in a garden or working with animals. He visits each class only once a week, but his goal is to empower the students to feel comfortable with trying new things as a group.


Naming the idea after the program outlined in his thesis, Michael is hoping that the Epiphany Project will become a marketable product that can be introduced in schools and agencies around the Lehigh Valley and the nation. Michael envisions marketing the program to local schools and agencies as workshops for kids or a series of programs throughout the year, but that will be in the future.


Right now, Michael spends an hour a week in each classroom, but that time will increase as the students become more involved in the program. It is very rewarding to Michael that the students are actively participating in the classes, especially when considering that these kids are all in residential treatment at KidsPeace because of emotional, behavioral or mental health issues. Furthermore, the composition of the classes changes as children move through their treatment steps and change levels of care as they progress. Students who come from the Diagnostic Program are only at KidsPeace short term, so class members turnover often.


Michael uses a number of resources in the classes including books full of activities and quote books. He often starts class with a fun activity and then introduces a quote or writing prompt to get students thinking and talking. They are all journaling as well, learning to put their feelings on paper. The students have all created cover pages that contain their hopes, dreams, fears, self-portraits and things that are important to them.


“All in all, the kids are doing real well with this project, and I believe that character education will benefit them all while here at KidsPeace and later in life.” This program is another example of how the KidsPeace Transformation is leading to innovation and interesting programs to help our kids learn and grow and heal.


KidsPeace Baltimore Foster Care Sponsors Run and Walk To Raise Money for Foster Teen Training

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KidsPeace 5K Run/1 mile walk

Saturday, October 30, 2010

KidsPeace invites you to "Put your Best Face On" for Baltimore's Foster Teens. Join us for a fun event for children and adults of all ages. Wear your Halloween costumes, dress up as a family (and that includes your 4 legged family members too) and walk or run for a great cause

Register online until October 28, 2010, or register the morning of the event.

Start (and registration) at DuBurns Arena (Corner of S. Ellwood Ave. and Boston Street) in Canton, 1301 S. Ellwood Ave. Baltimore, MD 21224

Registration begins at 7:30 am Race begins at 9:00 am Fun walk begins at 9:05 am
Course is throughout Canton and Patterson Park ending in O’Donnell Square.

The purpose of the race is to assist KidsPeace in offering training and mentoring to older foster teens as they prepare to become independent adults. All money raised goes directly to benefit kids.

For more information, contact Erin Doyle at 410-964-9329

Registration: $25 in advance/ $30 on Race Day (includes a free t-shirt)
$20 for families who are walking together (day of event )
Foster family/Foster child walk free* (day of event)

Premium t-shirts for all registered runners - size and availability NOT guaranteed on race day. Limited t-shirts available for purchase by walkers on the day of the event.

Awards: Overall Male and Female - 1st $250; 2nd $150; 3rd $100 Various prizes for age group winners: Gifts and gift certificates from Fairfield Marriott, Baltimore, Field House, the Big Screen Store, James Joyce Tavern, Starbucks, the Maryland Science Center, Applebee’s and many others.

Prizes for best dressed family, most creative costume for an adult, child and pet and best “face.”
Every registrant will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Winners will be selected at the awards ceremony. Must be present to win.

Trick or Treating for the kids from O’Donnell Square businesses and face painting.

Parking: On streets surrounding DuBurns Arena and O'Donnell Square.

Great refreshments in O’Donnell Square.

Volunteer: If you are unable to run or walk, please consider volunteering to help on the day of the race. Contact, Gina Seyfried at 410-964-9329.

KidsPeace Foster Care In Fayetteville, NC to Hold Wing Cook-Off March 26, 2011

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KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs in Fayetteville, NC, will be holding its third annual Wing Cook-Off as a fundraiser to help the children placed into foster care by that office. This year's event will be held at Campbellton Landing from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m, on March 26, 2011, with teams setting up starting at 9:00 a.m. The competition should prove to be fierce as restaurants and organizations compete for votes from visitors who purchase tickets that allow them to sample all of the entries. At the end of the day, a team will be declared the winner and have bragging rights for the next year.


This event is always a big hit, and competitors work very hard to win the best wings in town title. In addition to visitor ticket purchases, the wing cookers pay an entry fee and secure a spot to set up and cook their best. Foster families and children attend, and the entire community comes out to support the kids. 


For more information on the event and to learn how to participate or make a donation, please call 910-223-0949.

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