We are in our fifth year of working with Wow-Students, and we are so pleased to be able to continue this partnership year after year. The connections that our students forge with the nonprofit organizations of the Wood River Valley are invaluable, and our children love to see the impact that their work and "donations" can have on others. We would not be able to continue these projects without the generosity and organization of Wow-Students. They are the link that connects all of us on this journey.
Over the past few years my students have learned about several different non profits in our community by collaborating with them in the project based learning opportunities. Thanks to the generosity of the donors, we are able to make a difference in the community.
This has been a great experience for the students I teach. They have learned about generosity and community service!
A wonderful and well organized organization that supports the entire community and gets the entire community (little ones to older ones) involved.
Through wow projects, I've been able to help restore river banks in Elkhorn and Hailey with the Wood River Land Trust. The projects have been a great way to connect with the outdoors and help care for our river banks. I also like that I have been able to literally see my class's work grow over the years. I have a picture of me next to a shrub I planted in 3rd grade and now it's so much bigger.
I have seen my daughters build empathy and compassion through their wow-students projects every year at school. Wow projects have become such a natural part of their vocabulary that my younger daughter initiated her own "wow" project in conjunction with her school project-- in her mind, ANY act of community service for and with our non-profits is a wow project! The Wood River Foundation is providing opportunities for all of our local children to be active philanthropists in our community. How empowering!
Wood River Foundation and wow-students is actively engaging the youth of the Wood River Valley to learn about, participate and share generosity within the community. What a wonderful concept and being able to participate in these shared programs will no doubt put a smile on your face and empathy in your heart knowing that these kids are embracing this concept at such a young age. Wow-students is providing a critical connection between nonprofits and the community base to work together towards a common generosity goal. Bravo!
Wow-Students has given thousands of students an opportunity to be generous and experience the joy of generosity in our community. We are lucky to have this organization, its nonprofit partners and numerous teachers working on behalf of the students in Blaine County.
Last spring, the Wood River Foundation's Wow-Students program worked with the Wood River High School senior class to organize a community action day. Seniors partnered with a number of different nonprofits to give back to the community that helped raise them. We could not have organized this day without Wow-Students. Wow's connection to the local non-profits and its knowledge of their needs, helped 150 students find joy and pride giving back to our community. This is what Wow does. They help all students feel the joy and appreciate the importance of giving back to our community.
In a society where most children are raised to be entitled, WOW Students is doing the hard work of teaching them how to give! If we want our children to be giving adults we must take the time to show them how while they are young. WOW Students has had a profound impact on the kids that have participated in community projects and I am hopeful that other communities will want to do the same.
My collaboration with WOW Students was one of the most memorable experiences for me AND my students. They are champions and cheerleaders for our community and youth. Because of WOWs hard work it is easy to get students involved in making a difference.
Wow Students gives every student an opportunity to experience generosity. What an incredible value to learn at a young age. At a time when our country is more divided then ever it is crucial that we continue to instill the value of giving our time, our money (whenever we can) and our open hearts to the people who need it most in our community. We all have the power to help someone's life, regardless of age or financial status. This program is a gift to our community and our young people.