At Kind Cotton, giving back goes further. It starts with our founder, Kaitlin Johnstone, former Teacher of the Year at a Sarasota, Florida Elementary School. Kaitlin has established a reading program with Sarasota County Schools, attending Alta Vista Elementary's Aftercare at least once a month. Kaitlin, along with awesome volunteers, works directly with the children at Alta Vista Elementary . Rather than a simple book donation, we're focused on building relationships through literature. The goal is to build an interest in reading among the kids- making literature fun, as well as educational.
Our in-person reading program is currently on hold due to COVID, but here is a look back at our most recent event
With the pandemic making it impossible to do our reading program the way we had in the past we have been thinking of ways to say ‘thank you’ to the education community while also giving books to children! Teaching is one of the most selfless professions, one in which you often put yourself last. Teachers, we see you. We see the determination. We see the enthusiasm. We see the love. Nevertheless, we see the hardships, the tears, and the lack of resources and we want to help. We would LOVE for you to nominate an educator that inspires you. We'll choose our favorite and they'll receive a set of books for their classroom library! On top of that, they will receive a set of books for their classroom for students to take home!
Simply fill out their name (you may nominate yourself) and a little bit about why you feel they are an amazing teacher!
Aside from working directly with the kiddos in our reading program, Kind Cotton is devoted to helping spread kindness in other ways, like supporting an Elementary School effected by Hurricane Irma and fighting to stop gun violence. As issues arise that we feel strongly about, you can bet we will be the first to try to help!