(from Stacie, ELK’s executive director)
As the year comes to a close I always enjoy the opportunity to slow down and reflect. The past year was challenging to say the least, but we have emerged stronger, leaner, and more committed to our mission than ever before. When the economy is reeling and hardship is everywhere the one thing that stays consistent is that children continue to grow and learn. Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) has been carefully cultivating the seeds of hope and education that are planted in each one of our ELK kids.
We provide the education and support network that ensures our children and their families flourish. Our harvest this past year has included over 80 children served in our year-round programs, entire families attending activities to learn side-by-side with their child, thousands of children educated about science and careers through our after-school and community programs, and a growing board of directors to lead us into 2010.
You rarely have a harvest that doesn’t also come with loss. Unfortunately, our ELK family lost two student alumni this past year to sudden deaths, Stephen Ramirez in June and Jonathan Keisling in November. As I recall both young men, I can see their smiles clearly – whether it was holding up a fish they had just caught or helping a younger student outdoors, they continue to inspire me to keep the mission of ELK alive.
As ELK moves into the next year, we will be celebrating our 14th anniversary which will bring with it more seeds to plant and more dreams to water. I invite you to join me in supporting ELK’s programs through your tax-deductible donation today. It matters to our ELK kids, it matters to the environment, and I know it matters to you – it’s Our Kids. Our Colorado. Your Move. Please don’t wait another minute, make your move today!