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Roots And Wings Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Roots and Wings serves children in need and their families, and attempts to improve their access to education, health care, transportation and recreation; and to encourage strong, cohesive families.

Geographic areas served: Roots and Wings serves children in need and their families, and attempts to improve their access to education, health care, transportation and recreation; and to encourage strong, cohesive families.

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 afterschool program at both Pine Grove and Orchard View Elementary Schools that helps 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 an LLI reading kit as well as specific requests to help with reading in preparation of that FSA test. 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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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 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

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!!!!

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!

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 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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Roots and Wings has been the single greatest impact on teacher recognition at our Title I school. When teachers choose to work at a Title I school, they don't receive gifts from parents at the holidays and often dip into their own pockets to enhance instruction. Roots and Wings shows our teachers that they deserve recognition for the important job they do. The smiles and excitement on the teachers' faces when a Roots and Wings surprise visit happens is like Publisher's Clearinghouse has just arrived! We are so grateful for the Roots and Wings organization and what it has done for our school.

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.

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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.

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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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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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.