Everyday at our Enrichment Academy sites, we find creative and resourceful ways to meet students needs. At one site, they keep
a big box of recyclables on hand for kids to build and play with- cereal boxes and egg cartons become boats and cars, trains and houses, sometimes entire worlds. Not every student likes to play with the box, but for some it is the first thing they ask for every day when they arrive after school.

One of those students is a bright, energetic, and sensitive second-grader. Building from the box is one of the few table activities that keeps him not only seated but totally engaged; often he will work for as long as he can on building things for his favorite toy. On the first day of school, he made the toy its own backpack, full of books, pencils, and supplies to match his own. On one occasion, the student (and his toy) were running a very successful “toy hospital” where other students’ toys could come to be repaired.

One week, this student was struggling. A family member was moving away, and the change was difficult. Our student wasn’t smiling much, but he was building out of the box a lot, getting totally involved in his toy’s world. The box was running low on good materials that week from so much use, and had some scraps at the bottom, but he stuck with building. I decided to completely dump the box and refill it with his favorite stuff- thin cardboard he could cut, and bottle caps to act as wheels.
When he asked for the box that afternoon, and he saw the fresh materials, his eyes got wide. I saw the first huge, unbridled smile on his face that I’d seen all week. That smile and all the building he did that day, a place to relax and find a positive way to spend his energy, that is what we work to build for every child, every day.

By supporting SKEF, you are supporting AWESOME kids like this. Helping every student, every day find their smile.

Everyday at our Enrichment Academy sites, we find creative and resourceful ways to meet students needs. At one site, they keep
a big box of recyclables on hand for kids to build and play with- cereal boxes and egg cartons become boats and cars, trains and houses, sometimes entire worlds. Not every student likes to play with the box, but for some it is the first thing they ask for every day when they arrive after school.

One of those students is a bright, energetic, and sensitive second-grader. Building from the box is one of the few table activities that keeps him not only seated but totally engaged; often he will work for as long as he can on building things for his favorite toy. On the first day of school, he made the toy its own backpack, full of books, pencils, and supplies to match his own. On one occasion, the student (and his toy) were running a very successful “toy hospital” where other students’ toys could come to be repaired.

One week, this student was struggling. A family member was moving away, and the change was difficult. Our student wasn’t smiling much, but he was building out of the box a lot, getting totally involved in his toy’s world. The box was running low on good materials that week from so much use, and had some scraps at the bottom, but he stuck with building. I decided to completely dump the box and refill it with his favorite stuff- thin cardboard he could cut, and bottle caps to act as wheels.
When he asked for the box that afternoon, and he saw the fresh materials, his eyes got wide. I saw the first huge, unbridled smile on his face that I’d seen all week. That smile and all the building he did that day, a place to relax and find a positive way to spend his energy, that is what we work to build for every child, every day.

By supporting SKEF, you are supporting AWESOME kids like this. Helping every student, every day find their smile.