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Berkeley County Kids Who Care Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Primary & Elementary Schools

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

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I have been a board member for Kids Who Care now for almost ten years and each year I get reminded anew of how much of an impact this program has on the school children in Berkeley County. For many children, it is the first time in their lives that they have had a chance to see some of the wildlife exhibited - let alone getting a chance to be face-to-face with them. The same goes for many of the hands-on exhibits that give the children a greater understanding and respect for their environment and environmental science.

This raising of environmental awareness is continued in the classroom both through the science projects that the children create and through the grants awarded to the winning classrooms that are used to further promote environmental science in our county.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I have been a board member for 2 1/2 years and I have to say this is one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences I've ever been a part of. As a parent of two children who have had the opportunity to attend Backyard NatureScope Kids Who Care I never knew what my children were able to experience in that field trip to Santee Canal Park until I actually became a part of the board and volunteered at the event each year. It is very educational and all the volunteers seem to love what they do, including me.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the board for Kids Who Care for quite a few years. I have children who have attended NatureScope. This organization not only instills good environmental ethics in our students it also demonstrates good leadership and community involvement as well as teamwork. What better partnership could you ask for between schools and businesses? My only wish would be to branch out...challenge other counties to get involved and maybe even take our competition outside Berkeley County. Some of the projects are really great and could certainly be shown beyond our local community. From classroom to the world we are making our environmental footprint, one student at a time.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with KWC for the past 11 years and have found it to be one of the most fun experiences I have ever had. Run entirely through dedicated volunteers.