Mission: To raise environmental ethic in Berkeley County by administering an environmental project competition in our schools and working as a resource to upgrade environmental science teaching.
Results: In the twenty years since it was founded, KWC has served over 55,000 children, and has awarded over $75,000 in grants to the winning schools to buy equipment and supplies for the enhancement of environmental teaching. Some examples of the items that the teachers have purchased with the grants are an arbor for the playground at the school to provide shade and grow plants to attract birds and butterflies, microscopes, science books and materials, compost kits, greenhouse kits, and garden supplies
Target demographics: Berkeley County, SC children in grade K5-5th grade.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 4500 children
Geographic areas served: Berkeley County, South Carolina
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I am a kindergarten teacher in Berkeley County and have found the Kids Who Care board to be an amazing group of dedicated volunteers who truly want to inspire the youth of today to be environmentally aware of the impact we have on this earth. They are there from the beginning of the school year with contacts available to volunteers in a wide array of businesses to help teachers with their project ideas. The NatureScope field day they put together is superb, and provides an opportunity for students to experience a full day of science outside the classroom. As a bonus, they award monetary prizes for projects and my class project just provided a $200 prize that will help enhance our environmental science studies. This non-profit organization ROCKS!