Trying to change the national opinion of recess is a long, grueling process that requires hours and hours of commitment every single day. At Fit and Fun Playscapes, we’re doing our part, but we’re not alone. As the year winds down and we look at who and what we’re thankful for, we can’t help but name a few organizations that have been down here in the trenches with us over the past year, making a difference in school communities nationwide.
Soul Shoppe is one of those organizations. Founded on a mission to bring empathy back into schools through conflict resolution programs, Soul Shoppe seeks to end bullying by turning the bullies into heroes. So far, Soul Shoppe has reached some 690,000 elementary and middle school students with their various products, including the wonderful Peace Path, a conflict resolution exercise that walks kids through their problems step-by-step. Their hard-working team makes sure kids are experiencing empathy for one another, rather than just walking through the steps, which is an important and necessary step when it comes to changing the culture of bullying in schools.
There’s also Kettlebells4Kids, a non-profit organization that has committed itself to fighting childhood homelessness while also educating the public. That’s no small task, considering that there are estimated to be around 2.5 million homeless children in the United States, but Kettlebells4Kids has consistently shown they are more than prepared for the fight. K4K brings fitness to children in homeless shelters across the country and raises money for them by offering challenges that you can get involved in with your local gym. You can also donate to them individually. To date, K4K has brought fitness to some 3,000 kids nationwide, and that number is growing every day.
Though these two organizations are standouts, they are certainly not the only ones. As the holiday season is upon us, get involved with your local community and see what you can do to make a difference in the lives of children. You might be surprised how far a little of your commitment goes.