Chattanooga's Kids on the Block

AT & T Presents Check to Chattanooga's Kids on the Block

Chattanooga, TN (11/09/09) MaryStewart Lewis, AT&T Regional Director, Southeast Tennessee presented a check in the amount of $1,500.00 to Chattanooga's Kids on the Block. Senator Andy Berke, Senator Bo Watson and AT&T Representative John Schenk shared in the presentation to Puppet Mark Riley and Chattanooga's Kids on the Block Executive Director Kelly Williams.

AT & T Presents Check to Chattanooga's Kids on the Block

According to Ms. Lewis, the AT&T Chattanooga Pioneer Chapter raised the funds donated to the non-profit organization.

This year Chattanooga's Kids on the Block will present over 400 educational programs to children in 12 counties of Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. The educational programs focus on social topics, health issues and accepting differences. This year Chattanooga's Kids on the Block added the new educational program, Multiculturalism designed to introduce children in second grade to the concept of culture and how it affects our individual lives and the collective society. This new program is in addition to the 16 focus topics currently presented to schools and the community in the twelve county service area.

"We sincerely appreciate the generous support of AT & T in our community. With these funds Chattanooga's Kids on the Block is able to help educate our children about social concerns and differences and give them skills to stay safe and healthy," said Kelly Williams, Executive Director.

Chattanooga's Kids on the Block provides educational programs to children in grades Pre-kindergarten through five, using the art of bunraku puppetry. Through scripted puppet presentations and follow up with student and puppet interaction, children are able to open up and ask questions as if the puppets were trusted friends. "This is a unique program that encourages open communication between children and parents and provides age appropriate information to children on difficult and sensitive topics and concerns," said Ms. Williams.

Other programs available to the area schools include:

Pre-Kindergarten: Life Lessons with Yasmin: Good Manners, Hand Washing and Making New Friends

Kindergarten: Three Lessons for Me to Be Hurt Free: Stranger Danger, Area Codes and Emergency Plans and At the Dentist: Dental Hygiene

First Grade: Squeaky Clean Kids: Hand Washing and Dental Hygiene

Second Grade: Accepting Differences: Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities and Asthma & Food Allergies and the new program Multiculturalism

Third Grade: Personal Safety: Child Abuse Prevention

Fourth Grade: Safety Talk Encouraging Peaceful Schools: Bullying Prevention, Anger Management, Gangs & Violence and Brain Power : Brain Injury Awareness

Fifth Grade: Kids on the Move: Healthy Snacking and Being Active and The Gift of Life: Organ Donation Education.

In addition Chattanooga's Kids on the Block provides programs on Divorce from a Child's Point of View; Autism; HIV/AIDS and Bereavement: Coping with the Loss of a Loved One. Educators can also schedule special educational workshops and in-service training.

For the past 30 years, Chattanooga's Kids on the Block has been educating children on social concerns and differences giving them the skills to stay safe and healthy. Last year Chattanooga's Kids on the Block reached out to over 53,000 children and adults in our 12 county service area in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia.

Chattanooga's Kids on the Block is a non-profit organization and licensed child abuse prevention agency that receives funding from United Way, Tennessee Department of Children's Services, corporations such as AT&T, grants, foundations and individual donors. Chattanooga's Kids on the Block was the recipient of the Better Business Bureau 2008 Torch Award for Ethics in the Marketplace-Non Profit category.

To schedule an educational program in your school or community event, please call Chattanooga's Kids on the Block at (423) 757-5259, or Contact Us here.