MORE EVENTS & Projects
Throughout the week, Kids Rank Pride Members participated in a camp tailored to fit their needs at Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston, IL. By engaging in theatre games and improvisation, the children focused on building a theatre ensemble, developing relationships and interpersonal skills.
The Piven exercises provided elements of fun, safety, support and communication-building that enhanced participants’ confidence and resiliency.
The Hines VA Fisher House is “a home away from home” for family members, caregivers or loved ones of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. Pride Members volunteered to baked cookies and brownies for the families staying at the Fisher House. They also helped with light cleaning duties around the house.
We look forward to other project at the Hines Fisher House!
Hines VA Fisher House
The beginning of a school year is often a difficult transition for military youth, not knowing anyone in their new schools, who they will sit with in the lunchroom or who they can walk with to class.
Kids Rank facilitated a pilot weeklong camp in August of 2018, in preparation for the upcoming program year, on Naval Station Great Lakes Command. The camp served as a way of helping new kids joining the community to transition into the school year with some already established connections.
Transition Summer Camp
Each year Kids Rank hosts an Annual Family Camping Trip at the Union League Boys and Girls Club Campgrounds.
Located on 247 acres of beautiful land, the facility is complete with woodland, a lake, a lagoon, pine forests, prairies and wildlife. Our families have access to the high and low ropes course, archery and more!
Annual Family Camping Trip
We were excited to participate in this service project for the first time this year. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission is to Remember, Honor and Teach which is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad. Pride Members and their families assisted in laying wreaths at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery Union Grove, WI.
Wreaths Across America
The American Legion McKinlock Post #264 of Lake Forest conducts a memorial service each Memorial Day at Fort Sheridan Cemetery and places American flags on veterans’ graves. The public is invited.
Kids Rank Pride Members and their families assisted in preparation for this honored tradition. It was a meaningful way for our families to take time to remember those who have served.
Memorial Day Service Project
It is the beginning of the school year and we need your help! We want to make our Unsung Heroes feel noticed.
Military children will often move outside the normal school year calendar. In partnership with the Highland Park High School Rotary Interact Club Kids Rank collected items to help our military children feel valued and recognized.
What now will become an ongoing project these Welcome and Farewell Kits will be shared with schools and partners to make sure that military children entering and leaving our communities feel a sense of belonging.