Category: School

25 Sep

Food for thought

What does it mean to provide nutritional meals to our children? It means EVERYTHING to a child in need.

Here at the EvenStart Program we provide breakfast, lunch, and 2 snacks per day to all the children who walk through our doors. At Mayland Heights, our on-site Chef Ray and his assistant Leah say they “cook with love” and ensure there’s enough food, and options, to keep all the little bellies full. Meeting the needs of our demographic means accommodating many allergies, religious beliefs, and developmental delays that influence a child’s eating habits.

Our meals play a big part in our holistic nutritional program. The value of lessoning food insecurity in our children’s lives cannot be understated. Our children KNOW that when they arrive at school they will be greeted by friendly faces and a delicious meal. Once their nutritional needs are met, we are able to focus on their developmental needs, and see them meet their potential.

Feeding the masses is no easy task, but our chefs and support team are up for the challenge every day!

 

20 Sep

Donors like you!

Today we received a donation of security blankets from the Airdrie Project Linus. To say it was appreciated would be an understatement. Kimberlie came to the site with a big smile and bags upon bags of lovingly made, prewashed security blankets for every child of EvenStart Mayland Heights to take home. Project Linus is a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization. Their mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are in a crisis or seriously ill. Although not all of our children are currently in crisis, the majority of them come from at-risk backgrounds, and these blankets will mean the world to them!

After sorting the blankets, we placed one in every backpack to go home with a loving note from Airdrie Project Linus. The children were thrilled!

Thank you again to Airdrie Project Linus, it’s donors LIKE YOU that make all the difference. Whether you’re donating funds, your time, your talent, or materials, it ALWAYS goes a long way.

“Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference” – Kathy Calvin

01 Sep

Back to School

The leaves are changing and Pumpkin Spice has officially made it’s comeback (just ask our educators!)
The staff at EvenStart is working diligently to prepare for 227 children scheduled to walk through our
doors on September 4 th . All summer our support staff has been preparing name tags, bus routes, visuals,
and connecting with families to support them through the big transition that is “BACK TO SCHOOL” or
for many of our children the “FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL” ever!

The beginning of a new school year is bittersweet as we look forward to meeting new faces that will take
their place in a classroom where other amazing kids full of potential had completed their program 2
months prior. Saying goodbye to children who are now entering typical community schools is never easy,
but knowing the EvenStart Foundation has made it’s impact, and prepared them for life’s experiences
and challenges, makes it all worthwhile.

New faces mean new challenges, new opportunities, and all new stories. The progress these little
children will make over their years of programming with us will no doubt alter their trajectory and unlock
their potential. The holistic approach we take on ensuring the entire family receives the support,
connection and the intervention they need opens up the possibility of ending cyclical poverty, abuse,
neglect and trauma in our most vulnerable communities.

We as educators, therapists, and support staff are aware of the influence and responsibility we have to
these beautiful children. There is nothing more inspiring or heartwarming than seeing a child who
entered our program lacking in confidence, unable to communicate, and facing whatever challenges
their developmental delays have created, exit the program with the tools, support, and progress made to
enter a typical program with their peers in the community.

The work we do is special! And we can’t wait to get started.