Connecticut-based ESPN, Save the Children Team Up to Help U.S. Children Growing Up in Rural Poverty
BRISTOL, Conn. (Jun. 8, 2018) – On Wednesday, employees from ESPN teamed up with Fairfield-based Save the Children to help kids in need by assembling learning kits. The “Kits for Kids” event, held on ESPN’s campus in Bristol, Conn., brought together dozens of volunteers who packed 1,500 tote bags with supplies aimed at encouraging children to learn, play and grow.
Kits assembled by Team ESPN, called “Early Steps to School Success Kits,” include books such as Big Red Barn and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, along with educational toys. Early Steps to School Success is a Save the Children program that delivers high-quality early childhood development services to children ages 0 to 5 and their families in 14 states. The program equips parents with the skills to successfully support their children’s growth and become their child’s first and best teacher.
Save the Children will deliver these kits to vulnerable children in the United States, including children growing up in poverty-stricken pockets of rural America. A report released by the global humanitarian organization last week, titled Growing Up Rural in America, found that one in four children in America’s rural areas live in poverty, compared to one in five who live in urban areas. And five states – Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina – all have rural child poverty rates at or above 33 percent, meaning at least one in three rural children in these states are growing up in poverty.
This hands-on event was just one of several “Kits for Kids” projects held this week during Global Week of Service with Disney, ESPN’s parent company, to benefit Save the Children. Nearly 20,000 kits in total are being assembled by Disney employees in the U.S. and around the world, through the Disney VoluntEARS program, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.
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