One of our esteemed members, Sharon Iskra, 8:15, volunteers at an organization right down the block from us called Pro-Kids. Inc. PRO-Kids, Inc. (“Project Reach Out to Kids”) is an afterschool tutoring and enrichment program which serves very needy kids from Charleston's East End. PRO-Kids currently has 50 children ages 5-12 years old enrolled, with more on a growing waiting list for entry.
PRO-Kids was designed to protect and help the kids during the afterschool hours of 2:00-5:00 p.m. when they might otherwise be endangered by dangerous activities. Every day of the school year, Pro-Kids staff members meet the children inside their school at dismissal and escort them to the Pro-Kids facility, often with a detour to Celebration Station playground for exercise. Upon their arrival at the facility, the kids are provided with homework assistance/tutoring, craft time or gym time, extracurricular activities, and a balanced meal daily. Pro-Kids also work to improve children’s self-esteem by addressing issues such as bullying, anger management, self-control, safety and nutrition.
On Thursday evening, Pro-Kids is having a fundraiser at Aladdin's restaurant in Kanawha City from 5:30-7pm with heavy hors d’oeuvres by Chef Ayman, cash bar, music and a silent auction. Tickets are $35 ($25 of which is tax-deductible). You can contact Sharon Iskra at email@example.com for tickets, or buy them at the door. This is a great organization to support if you are feeling charitable this holiday season!