Building stronger, safer communities one child at a
***Research shows that just one caring person can and
does make a difference in a child's life!
***A recent government study reports that if
a child does not learn to read by the 3rd grade – the chance for
literacy is almost non-existent.
Hearing a child say "I am stupid" is heart wrenching.
Knowing that a young child believes those words to be true and already
views failure as a way of life is unacceptable.
While at the ranch one summer, an eight-year-old boy,
who struggles academically, lives in poverty, and has extremely low
self-esteem, announced that he hated his life. Later that year, when he
started smiling all the time, people started to notice. When asked why
he was so happy, he stated while grinning from ear to ear that it was
two things --- his caring tutor and that he made a friend with another
child from the Kids' Ranch.
The Kids' Ranch helps young children, 6-10 years old,
develop self-respect and respect for others and the environment. Our
early intervention and prevention program accomplishes this by
connecting children with caring community volunteers, focusing on
literacy and teaching the values of compassion and non-violence.
The Kids' Ranch is located in the beautiful rolling
hills of Rock Springs. The facility was built for the children by
individuals and companies that donated their time, equipment, materials
and services. The ranch setting offers children the opportunity to
experience nature at its finest and inspires respect and a lasting
dedication to the environment.
Thanks to our dedicated volunteers and generous donors, the Kids' Ranch
completed its 16th summer program in August 2014 and has reached out to
over 1,000 children from the Baraboo, Reedsburg, Sauk Prairie and
Wisconsin Dells School Districts!
Call 393-1037 for more information.