The Windiest KITE Trip Of Them All
The Kinwell gang conquers Chicago
A group from Kinwell got to tackle the Windy City last Friday, taking in Millennium Park, historic buildings, local art, and lots of deep dish pizza. It was a high of 25 degrees, sunny, and windy, which if you know Chicago at all, is a GREAT day to hit the city.
Cameron, Jasmine, Da'Shae, Ryan, Elijah, and Dres in the historic Palmer House Hotel
We left at 7:30 am (all the students showed up on time!) with Ryan Orvis, a friend of Dres', joining us to help out with the trip. The first stop was Millennium Park, the go-to photo-op in Chicago, then the Palmer House Hotel, with its historic decor and painted ceiling. Our students had not seen anything like it! The cheesiest deep dish pizza from Pizano's slowed our walking pace a little bit, but we pushed through and toured the Chicago Cultural Center, spent some time in the seven floors of Macy's, and finished in the Christkindlmarket.
The big deal with the big city
In many ways, this Chicago trip signifies why we've done KITE trips: to push our students into an experience that can unlock a "dreamer" mindset in them; becoming something in life they previously didn't know they could be or didn't know existed. Much of the conversation throughout this day were about what the students interests upon graduation and what they think they could be in life. The history of Chicago's city from immigrants starting new lives, rebuilding after the fire of 1871, and vastness of opportunities the city offers, make it a perfect place to wander for a day and discover what other people are creating and building.
How you can make a difference
These trips make the Kinwell experience for students unique. Many of them haven't had chances to explore places outside of the surrounding Grant County area! They're a highlight for all our students and only possible because of donations. Please consider serving our students in this way and making a financial contribution! Thanks!
The most cherished form of giving: FOOD!
Another HUGE way to help out at Kinwell is by contributing a meal. We've noticed our students sometimes haven't had anything to eat before they come in. And even if they have, it's usually a bag of chips with a bottle of Mountain Dew.
To combat this, we've set up a Meal Train event that runs through the beginning of spring break where you can sign up to bring a meal in (or drop it off with a staff member or at the school when convenient). It has easily been one of the biggest blessings to our students this semester. Email Roger if you have any questions about this and click the link for more details!
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