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Roots And Wings Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Educational Services

Mission: The mission of Roots and Wings is to improve the quality of education in our extended south Florida community by supporting students who most need help in learning to read and providing encouragement for the teachers who are working hard every day to influence and inspire children to learn.

Programs: Currently we are engaged in two primary activities: The Above and Beyond Awards; and Project Uplift. The Above and Beyond Awards honor teachers and staff in public primary and secondary education. Principals and panels at the involved schools choose the winners. Roots and Wings provides a financial reward as well as gifts provided by the community. We present these awards either in front of the teacher’s students or in front of the faculty during faculty meetings. Members of the community are always encouraged to attend and support. Project Uplift focuses on improving reading and reading comprehension skills. We currently financially underwrite an after-school program at eight elementary schools in south Palm Beach County helping second and third graders with their reading skills in preparation for the FSA test that is administered at the end of the third grade. We also offer financial help at many other public elementary schools. We have provided the funds to purchase both LLI and Guided Reading kits. We also have initiated our “Inspiration” project which brings important members of the community to speak to students on relevant subjects to them. Our first speaker was Jackson Destine, winner of Wendy’s High School Athlete of the Year Award and Delray Beach native, who spoke to elementary and middle school students about the importance of believing in themselves and understanding that the road to success requires hard work and determination.

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and wings is such an amazing organization. They really are all about supporting teachers and schools. I was honored with an Above and Beyond Award in my classroom in front of my students. I was humbled by Mr. Coleman's heartwarming words. I was glad that I was able to share the moment with my students. Because of the monetary gift, I was able to purchase supplies for my students to complete a class project. Thank you Roots and Wings!

Dr. S

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Roots & Wings began to bless our teacher about 3 years ago. Since then, they show up twice a year and surprise some of our staff members. They always bring a smile to the winners faces. The prizes that they present are simply amazing! They are a very caring non-profit that keep on surprising us. We are blessed to be partnered with them!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings first came to our school last year. They have showered our selected teachers with love, gratitude and PRIZES!! Teachers love nominating other teachers and truly feel blessed to have their input valued. Roots and Wings represents our school motto Kindness Matters and shows exactly what kindness truly means.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has gone above & beyond to help our school, staff and students. They have provided teachers with wonderful gifts, encouraged student learning by supporting after school tutorial programs to help struggling students along with amazing gifts! They truly care about students, teachers, & staff and we greatly appreciate everything they do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings has provided our school with funding for much needed programining to service our underperforming 2nd graders, but more than that, this organization lifts the spirits of our teachers by believing in the them, supporting them and backing up what they need to be successful.
All the members of Roots and Wings commit to the work in the best interest of the kids. They want to do good in the neighborhood. Their efforts, led by Ted Hoskinson, continue to grow and expand.
We are grateful for their hard work and dedication.
Rona Tata
Principal
SD Spady Elementary School
Delray Beach, Florida

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings is the first organization, that I know of, that thanks teachers for going above and beyond in the classroom. Roots and wings also goes above and beyond and helped our school purchase a very expensive Reading Intervention Program. Without their help we couldn't do the good work we do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Roots and Wings for your support! Not only do they honor instructional/non-instructional staff with VERY generous donations from local businesses, but they also financially support an after school tutoring program for many schools in Palm Beach County. It definitely takes a village to educate/support our children!! Thank you Roots & Wings!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings is an amazing nonprofit in Delray Beach, FL. I have been a recipient of their generosity through the Above and Beyond Award, a teacher recognition program that they support. The Roots and Wings team arrives at a school unannounced and surprises school faculty and staff with awards such as gift certificates from local businesses, special gifts, and cash. They also support the local schools. They specifically bought staff shirts for the beginning of the year, pay teachers to tutor students before and after school, donate various items for the students at the school and for staff appreciation. We are blessed to have this nonprofit in our community and supporting schools.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings Delray is a awesome non profit in Delray Beach. The committee, board and leaders, "put their money where their mouth is". They give their time and support to the children, teachers and leaders of Palm Beach County. They listen to what we say we need and what the children need and makes it happen. They love spending time with the teachers as well as the students and want to make sure they're making a difference. They are making a difference in the children's lives as well as in the teachers. Roots and Wings is a community non-profit that actually hear our problems and concerns and work to improve them.

Thank You Roots and Wings

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that supports teachers and supporting staff in the classrooms. They are support in action.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings has continued to support our school over the last 6 years that I have been at PG. Each trimester they surprise and celebrate our teachers who go "Above and Beyond". They support our literacy program by purchasing materials and provide funds and incentives for our tutorial program. There are times when you see different organization once at the beginning of the year and may not see or hear from them again. Not Roots and Wings! There support is consistent and ongoing. They not only provide the supports but they also visit to help in monitoring of the programs as well just to visit our students and staff for other reasons. At the end of the year they then celebrate the teachers at a beautiful gala! Very fancy and a lot of fun.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings has truly become family members of Pine Grove Elementary School. With everything, they are there to support our families and staff. I can't thank them enough for all they do for Pine Grove and other schools in our community.
Shauntay King, Pine Grove Principal

CSES

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a beneficiary of R&W, I can speak first-hand about the impact this organization has had on Palm Beach County's underserved youth and their families. We strongly support this nonprofit organization and their commitment to equitable education for all.

Roots and Wings along with Project Uplift have been a valuable asset to our school from providing treats for our staff to funding for tutorials.

CSES wholeheartedly endorses Roots & Wings as a great non-profit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was nominated last school year by my colleagues and was awarded by Roots and Wings. It was an honor to be recognized by my fellow coworkers and awarded with a certificate and lots of additional goodies. This was a wonderful surprise and I felt so special. They took professional pictures and showcased myself and my other colleagues that were also nominated on their social media and their website. I will never forget this experience and so grateful to my colleagues and Roots and Wings for making this an unforgettable moment!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings is the best company I have ever dealt with in education!! Roots and Wings truly understands what is needed in schools and how to get things done. An increase in moral was seen immediately in our school when our teachers were recognized for their achievements in the classroom with their children. Their peers nominate the teachers so this becomes incredibly meaningful. Roots and Wings noticed difficulties with tutoring students in an appropriate manner, so they developed a fantastic program where our teachers are able to give necessary assistance to the children here at our school. Roots and Wings is a well-rounded company that puts the child before everything and recognizes how to increase student achievement. Thank you for all you do for our school and many others!!!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings has been supporting our school for the last two years and we have had many teachers selected to be recognized. This recognition has increase positivity on our campus and helps to show how truly appreciated our teachers are. When the time of the year comes around to when the awards are being presented the excitement builds and the teachers look forward to seeing who was selected this time around. If we happen to walk into their room with their students all around, they are overwhelm every time. The students get to show how proud they are for their teacher as the teacher usually breaks down into tears of joy. This is a great time!! I can't tell you how appreciative we are to be supported by Roots and Wings and how their program has helped to increase morale on our campus.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings are such an important part of our school! They provide free tutoring to our students and pay for the teachers. This is so important to our title one school and all of our students, especially now! They donate supplies that are much needed for learning to take place. They also provide staff appreciation gifts to the teachers to let them know they are recognized and acknowledged. Roots and Wings provide awards and gift cards to teachers that were nominated by their fellow colleagues. This nonprofit is truly amazing and words cannot thank them enough!!!




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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been teaching at a title 1 school for 13 years. This nonprofit has brought so much opportunities to our students! Tutorial programs for all grades, field trips, and special treats and recognition to students and school staff! It truly is an amazing organization and we are very lucky to be a part of it!!! Thank you for all you do!! Orchard View thanks you!!!

Kelly Alcaro

Board Member

Rating: 5

Despite the last two years of COVID issues it has been incredible to watch the volunteers and teachers continue to push ahead, ever dedicated to the children, attempting to ensure that they continue to learn and grow so that when COVID is securely a thing of the past, our children, our future, will continue to grow and improve in their reading skills and become positive contributors to that future. And the organization continues to grow significantly in contributions received, putting that funding increase to work in reaching more children in need. Roots and Wings is creating a better future for the children they serve, for our community, and for our world. A big thank-you to all the those involved.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What Roots & Wings does is so critical to the future of our country because reading is a critical skill. It is the foundation for learning as through third grade one learns how to read and after third grade one must be able to read in order to continue to learn. Improving the reading ability of children, many of whom come from low income households, can help break this cycle of poverty that exists in our country. The dedication of Ted and his volunteers is incredible.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I serve as a board member for the School District of PBC. We are so grateful for the support of Roots and Wings to our schools. From teacher recognition to after school tutoring of our students, these are the kind of organizations that help our schools achieve excellence. Thank you Roots and Wings!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings is an AMAZING non-Profit organization that supports all of our schools. Our students are provided additional opportunities such as tutorials, additional instructional materials, and mentoring as a result of the support from Roots and Wings. We are so thankful for their generosity and support for our staff, students, and school community. THANK YOU so much!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings is an incredible organization that supports our school in so many ways. Not only does Roots and Wings support student academic growth, but also provides much needed teacher recognition. Through Project Uplift, Roots and Wings helps to close student gaps in learning for so many children at our school. This past year, as a recipient of the Above and Beyond Award I can say from experience how meaningful this was and how appreciated I felt as a teacher. We love Roots and Wings!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Roots & wings Is a wonderful organization that helps so many children on their reading level.
It also celebrates teachers for their amazing effort.
Thank you Ted for all that you do the the children!

Advisor

Rating: 5

As one of the grant writers for Roots and Wings, I am inspired on a daily basis with stories of children who couldn't read being lifted up by Project UpLift and brought to grade-level reading. This is made possible by the amazing teachers who step to the plate and work with Project UpLift's small groups of struggling readers after school three days a week. Kudos to all of them as well as winners of Roots and Wings' Above and Beyond Awards given to exemplary staff and faculty at schools throughout south Palm Beach County./

Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings support of our efforts during these past couple of years has been the ‘shot in the arm’ my colleagues and I have needed. Their funding of Project Uplift to help close the gap our students experience has been outstanding . They provide materials as well as student rewards for their academic gains. They recognize the efforts of teachers through their ‘Above and Beyond’ rewards as well as staff appreciation in numerous ways.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings goes above and beyond to assist young learners in the Delray Beach area schools. At the school at which I work, they support the students in all areas of learning: social, emotional, physical and academic. They are trying to close the gap the exists between students of privaledge and the economically challenged students that attend the Title one school where I teach. They support small group tutorials in after school programs to help achieve learning goals. They sponsor student fundraising activities for special learning cultural events. Roots and Wings recognizes teachers and staff who go beyond their 'duties'. I was one of those fortunate teachers to have been recognized by Roots and Wings for striving to meet the needs of students. This organization doesn't just wait for people to ask for support, they come to schools asking 'What do you need? How can we help?' I have taught in many different schools in many different areas. The support that Roots and Wings gives to the Delray Beach area is unmatched!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of helping Roots and Wings by writing grants and working with the founder and staff to create marketing materials and correspondence. With a thirty-year background as a leadership fundraiser, I can say that Roots and Wings stands out as a highly committed nonprofit that lives its mission every day. The impact it has on public education in our south Florida region is substantial. The recognition shown to public school teachers and staff through the Above and Beyond Awards has let our educators know they are appreciated through good times and challenging ones. Project UpLift is saving the academic lives of children reading one or two grades below grade level with its intensive after-school tutoring program. This is an organization well worth supporting with a model that could be replicated nationally. I am proud to say I am a part of this outstanding organization. Roots and Wings' mission is crucial and truly worthy of every contribution it receives!

Donor

Rating: 5

Roots And Wings Inc continues to be a dynamic and essential participant in the promotion of early reading in the local community. Their genuine concern for reading success of our youth is amazing. I am pleased to support and engage in their program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots And Wings has been a presence on our campus for several years now. As a staff we nominate teachers and staff that we consider to go above and beyond for our students and school family. RAW comes in to show special appreciation to those educators and highlight the wonderful and selfless work they do on our campus. They've been a wonderful addition and we are so blessed to have them support our school family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings has had an amazing impact on the staff and students at my school. As a school administrator with a school population of 94% of the students receiving free lunch, I have seen firsthand the benefits of the grant that Roots and Wings provided to us. With the Project Uplift tutoring program we have seen increases in our students' confidence and enjoyment of reading and an increase in the Reading proficiency of our students. In addition, Roots and Wings has increased our positive school culture by honoring our teachers who have gone "Above and Beyond" their teaching responsibilities and gifting them with gift card donations they have collected from local businesses in our community. The impact of Roots and Wings has been very strong and positive. We are so lucky to have this organization in our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings sponsored the Uplift Tutoring program at the Title I school where I work. Over 90% of our students are at poverty level, 25% have learning disabilities, and approximately 40% speak English as a second language. The Uplift program provided the students with reading tutoring by certified teachers after school three days per week using research-based resources. Roots and Wings also gave the students incentives for attendance, which aided in attaining the positive results we achieved. There is no other program in our area that comes close to Project Uplift. Thank you, Roots and Wings, for your commitment to children's success!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife taught in the public school system for nearly forty years. Recognition for her dedication was always a highlight and an inspiration. Roots and Wings take this to another level.

Roots and Wings' surprise award to the classroom teacher is an inspiration. I have been involved with these honor presentations and
see how thrilled the teachers are after receiving the award.
The honor is unexpectant and presented in front of the whole classroom who are cheering with approval.
Roots and Wings makes a difference for each Teacher it touches.

I am honored to be a small part of this non-profit.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The members of Roots and Wing Inc. are a pleasure to work with. Each visit, they come with great enthusiasm and sincere appreciation of the work our teachers do on a daily basis. We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with Roots & Wings as they allow our staff to recognize greatness in their peers. Our teachers and students are always delighted to see us enter their classrooms and show our appreciation! Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings is a wonderful non-profit organization that is working with local elementary schools to increase reading achievement in grades 2 and 3. This program helps students and teachers with resources and after school reading tutorial. Roots and Wings also recognizes teachers and staff members that go above and beyond.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a teacher. They honored me a few time for going above and beyond to service students in these difficult times. I really appreciate this organization for recognizing what we do on a daily basis.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have taught students with ASD for 17 years in PBC. There were many days I would come home beyond exhausted. Receiving the "Above and Beyond" recognition presented by Roots and Wings definitely made me feel honored and more inspired to continue to do what I do despite the really difficult days. Thank you so much Roots and Wings!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings is an awesome non-profit. This organization goes over and beyond in supporting teachers in Palm Beach County. Roots and Wings supports teachers by encouraging them continue servicing and imparting into students lives in a positive way. They reward teachers monetary and with gift cards for all their hard work and efforts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a long time supporter of education in Delray Beach i am honored to support this great nonprofit. The Above & Beyond awards when presented to teachers is such a joy seeing the gratitude from the teachers and even better the excitement in the kids seeing their teacher being honored. And Project Uplift providing the reading help to those students that require it should be done in every school around the country. Keep up the great work guys, i will continuer to be there to support you.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We started working with Roots & Wings about three years ago. They have been a great business partner and their cause is amazing. I've been fortunate enough to see their impact first hand and it is truly special. Everyone that is touched by Roots & Wings will never forget their experience. I couldn't be happier to be associated with such a great organization! Hats off to Ted & the whole team!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a joyous experience working with the Roots and Wings book project. It actually gives young people the chance to see a place in the world for themselves that is positive—- and possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was nominated this past school year by my colleagues to be recognized by Roots and Wings for my work with students. It was such a special experience. I think it is easy for teachers to feel like all of their hard work and dedication goes unnoticed. Roots and Wings definitely made me feel seen and appreciated. This is such a wonderful way to thank teachers for all that they do!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

While teaching math to a group of fifth graders, the team from Roots and Wings, along with administrators at my school, entered the classroom - I was so surprised because they came to award me! I was always part of the team that delivered the award, now I was the recipient. What an honor! I think what made that moment so special was the reaction from the students. They were truly happy for me and I think they had a sense of pride. Roots and Wings is truly committed to the educators in our community and I'm grateful for their generosity and dedication to our teachers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization does a fantastic job in recognizing educators that are often overlooked by the community. Their efforts are truly appreciated and students are able to see their teachers be honored as the heroes they are! Awesome Job Roots and Wings Inc!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a teacher at a Title 1 School. Being a teacher has its challenges. This past school year, Roots and Wings showed up to my classroom with my administration. I was absolutely shocked. It was an absolute honor to be chosen for this Roots and Wings award from my peers. This was by far the highest form of recognition I have received in all my years of teaching. I appreciate all of the volunteers at this organization and I am looking forward to nominating a peer teacher in the near future. Thank you Roots and WIngs for making this award possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a teacher in a Title One School is full of challenges. Roots and Wings definitely found a way to enlighten those challenges. Receiving the "Above and Beyond" award this year touched my heart in a way that brought me to tears. Teachers being recognized for their hard work and tireless hours in and outside schools is always rewarding and fills you with eagerness and energy to continue helping students to reach their maximum potential.
Thank you, Roots and Wings.
Yazmin Frydman. Orchard View Elementary School

Client Served

Rating: 5

Receiving the Above and Beyond Award from Roots and Wings was such an honor and truly the highlight of this school year for me. This organization does such a wonderful job honoring educators that work tirelessly supporting their students. I felt so touched and appreciated to be nominated by my fellow peers and our administration team. Receiving this award was something I did not expect, but now is something I will never forget. Thank you Roots and Wings for everything you do for teachers and staff!

Gillian DaSilva – Coral Sunset Elementary

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of partnering with Roots and Wings Inc. for over three years. Ted is such an amazing and giving person. When we were painting Village Academy, he partnered with us to power wash the school so that the students came back to a freshly painted and clean environment. Roots and Wings has also honored myself and many other teachers and schools in the community with the Above and Beyond Award. This is an amazing organization that truly embodies service, community, and giving back!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings Inc is an AMAZING nonprofit! I've been an ESE teacher for 16 years. I currently teach at a title one school, Pine Grove Elementary School, in Delray Beach. I've had some very difficult years teaching ASD students. There have been days I went home feeling like a truck hit me. Two years ago when Roots and Wings entered my classroom it was a moment I will never forget. The most rewarding thing was the recognition I got. Yes, the gift cards and the money came in very handy, but it was the love I felt from the community that made it so special. I was recognized again this past Fall. My classroom was very difficult and full of many challenges! Once again, it truly was a feeling I will never forget to have community members along with my administration come into my classroom and receive both recognition and validation . Thank you for ALL YOU DO Roots and WIngs!!!!

Joyce L.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Roots and Wings 3 years ago when I first moved to a Delray School. They surprised me with a beautiful gift and cash around the holidays! I had worked in Title 1 schools for 5 years before moving to a Delray school, and had never felt that much appreciation! The fact that strangers value the effort, commitment and struggles for the teachers in Title 1 schools is so needed. All good teachers go above and beyond, and don’t require accolades, but when they are given it sure makes the journey much sweeter! Thanks to Ted and all the amazing members of Roots and Wings, we love you guys and all you do!!
JLP

Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings is an amazing organization. They surprised me with their Above and Beyond award. It is such a great feeling to be awarded for your hard work. I am also a part of their Project Uplift. It is wonderful to be part of this after school program that is made possible because of Roots and Wings. Thank you, Roots and Wings!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings recognizes the systemic gaps and inequities in our educational system that teachers strive to fix each year. They are willing to support Title I schools with children who need more opportunities to learn. This takes money, it takes passion, and it takes recognition for the teachers and students who work hard. Roots and Wings is the FULL package that delivers all of this. THANK YOU!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings is an amazing additional resource for kids who need that extra bit of support after the regular school day. One of their programs is "UPLIFT" this is a after school reading program to help students actually read on GRADE LEVEL by the end of 3rd GRADE! Our students have so many gaps, that they need this additional time. That takes money, and teachers, and extra reading resources, and love and support. Roots and Wings does not only give money, they give their personal time to come and meet the students and tell them how great they are doing as per the data they show us as the year moves on. Perfection! I can only hope we have the UPLIFT program forever, because there will always be students that need this extra support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are always looking for ways to let our teachers know that they are amazing and go far and above teaching at a Title 1 school. The challenges they face every day are much harder than in any other school setting, yet these teachers choose to remain and work with our students when the salary for easier teaching assignments is exactly the same. Roots and Wings gives us an added bonus to our hardest working teachers. The prizes they provide are great, but its Ted's enthusiasm and the amazing production that they put on in giving the awards in front of the students that really makes it special. We really are hoping to have Roots and Wings as a partner in education as well, when we start an after school tutorial phonics reading program in the near future. Roots and Wings has given an outside the box partnership that really serves an important purpose for our school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wing is filled with angels! I have been blessed to be apart of the start of the Uplift program at my school which has given our students access to extra support starting in 2nd grade and couldn’t be more proud to be with the program. Also, the Above and Beyond awards are always a blessing in disguise! It’s always sweet and surprising to see how much they have gone out of their way to make sure teachers are acknowledged for their hard work! Thank you Roots and Wings for being build not only our students lives but ours as well!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings has helped to increase our teacher morale with their generous teacher and staff recognition program. They have also assisted with student achievement through their generous donation toward our after-school tutorial program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings is an amazing organization that recognizes staff and teachers at their own school. It is an honor to be a recipient of such a wonderful award. To be recognized by your fellow teachers and staff is amazing. The time they take to obtain the different "gifts" presented to us and to actually come and surprise us with the flowers, monetary award, restaurant coupons and many more items is a true dedication to what they believe in. I was truly surprised

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This fantastic organization surprised me with gifts for going above and beyond in the classroom. It was great to be recognized for all the hard work that I do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings came to my school site and recognized me for going above and beyond. I am so grateful for their generous donations. Their staff was extremely personable and truly went overboard to make everyone who was chosen feel special. This was a pleasant surprise. What a great way to make someone's day along with continuing the love with all of the goodies.