In order of importance, the Foundation’s purpose is this:
- to level the playing field for kids;
- to eliminate barriers that keep them from engaging in school life and with their peers and then, with these basic human needs met;
- provide hands-on learning experiences over-and-above standard curriculum and, in so doing:
- bring all students to the meeting point between their natural aptitude and personal passion – a place where they discover and do a thing they love and in doing it they feel like they’re most authentic selves.
Like author Sir Ken Robinson, we believe that it’s crucial that a child finds this, not simply because it will make them more fulfilled but because, “as the world evolves, the very future of our communities and institutions depend on it”.
And behind all our grants, assistance, workshops and programming, our underlying message to kids will always be to hold fast to what they inherently bring with them at the start of their school careers – “sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think.”
If they do that, they will make the difference we need in the world.
Executive Director, LW Wes MacVicar