KISR! Partners with Activities Beyond The Classroom to Offer Enrichment Programs for Children in Foster Care

JUNE 22, 2017

“Participation in enrichment opportunities – playing on a sports team, taking music lessons, or going to a summer camp –helps children develop skills and interests and build lasting, supportive relationships. Unfortunately, such activities are often unavailable to children in foster care,” noted senior attorney Stephanie Moes of Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC.

Legal Aid and Hamilton County Job and Family Services decided to change that by enhancing our Kids In School Rule! (KISR!) partnership to include enrichment activities for children in foster care so they could participate in a variety of normal childhood activities.

“We selected Activities Beyond The Classroom (ABC) to assist us in offering enrichment programs,” Stephanie added, “because of its strong track record of connecting students within Cincinnati Public Schools with quality after-school enrichment and extracurricular activities”.

One of the first activities was a basketball camp held at Walnut Hills High School gym for three Saturdays this spring. 28 kids participated, learning the fundamentals of the sport as well as getting to do some team scrimmaging.

Cobrani Mixon, ABC’s KISR! Enrichment Coordinator commented, “It was nice to see the kids compete and rise to the challenge. Walnut Hills Coach Ricardo Hill did an amazing job of engaging the kids while letting them have fun. A few of them now want to play basketball for their school and, hopefully, this experience gives them the confidence to tryout.”

Photos: Students participating in the ABC-KISR! basketball camp.