|Full Name||The Circle Salt Spring Education Society|
|Location||Salt Spring Schools|
This year has certainly had its share of challenges. We’ve all been experiencing fear, isolation, disconnection, alongside a greater intolerance in the world and in our communities. Children and youth are affected by what is happening around them, and The Circle (formerly SWOVA) wants to rise to the need.
But your support is crucial to make this happen.
This year, we were unable to organize the She Shed Tour and SparkFest, two major fundraisers for our organization. We have also lost funding opportunities with major funders who have long supported our programs in the schools.
More teachers than ever want our programs—more than we have money to provide. They see how students benefit when they participate in The Empathy Project, The Respect Project, and Pass It On. And they see the spillover benefits with the students’ teachers, their peers, families, and the community.
The Circle is excited to join the GivingTuesday movement on December 1st, an international day aimed at raising awareness and highlighting the importance of charitable giving.
We invite you to Sponsor-A-Student to help give them the social and emotional skills for these challenging times. Now more than ever, we all need empathy and respect.
... children and youth who can speak up and stand out without fear
... empowered youth who can make change for a brighter, safer tomorrow
... safe spaces to engage with each other with openness and humility
... inclusive and violence-free communities where we are all welcome to be ourselves
We believe in the powerful possibilities of our programs. We have heard that:
“The work you did with my kids really did help. They started speaking with more kindness, working better together, and allowing me to help them when they were struggling.” —Cleome Rowe, Middle School Substitute Teacher
“The program promotes the development of respectful leaders and encourages children to explore their strengths on their own and collectively ... We often bring the learning from each [The Empathy Project] lesson into other conversations and expectations during the school day.” —Gail Bryn-Jones, Elementary School Teacher
“The students, both buddies and mentors, finish the program with a confident sense of well-being, tools for real-world problem-solving and the ability to care about other individuals and their community.” —Shari Hambrook, High School Teacher
Please find a pledge form included that can be mailed to our office. You can also donate online at www.thecircleeducation.org/giving-tuesday/
Together we can foster empathy and respect and help give children and youth the skills they need to feel good about themselves and to meet the challenges of our times.