An after school club in Wake County, NC for developing character and leadership skills through community service projects.
MAY 2013 Service Project: Jump-a-thon for Erik's Kidney Transplant!

Our Service Project leaders raised over $4300 for Erik on May 13! They prepared all spring, practiced jumping to get fit and worked on fundraising.  The Super Skippers 2012 National Jump Rope team, led by Coach Gary Anderson came and gave an amazing performance to kick off our jump-a-thon! Thank you Gary! Here is more info on their team:
http://www.superskippers.org  


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April 2013: CUC CARE FOR OUR EARTH SERVICE PROJECTS:

Wading for Water Sticks
– Monday CUC Service Project Leaders

Learn about these amazing aquatic insects and participate in a citizen science effort to count them! We will discuss what makes citizen science important, what water sticks can tell us about water quality, take water quality measurements of our own and then search for and count aquatic critters in the Penny Road Elementary Pond. Please dress for a mess!

Caring for our Earth – Tuesday CUC Service Project Leaders

 
You know the Three R's: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, but what about the fourth, fifth and sixth R's? Play games to learn ways we can all care for our Planet Earth. Meet some worms that eat garbage!

 

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March 2013: CUC has partnered with The Caring Community Fdn for our 1st Annual Heart Project!
http://www.caringcommunityfoundation.org/ccfkids


The Caring Community Kids Giving Heart Project helps kids help other kids.  

  • Kids draw/design art squares on fabric (we will have enough for 4-6 quilts) between our two CUC groups
  • Fabric art squares are made into quilts by volunteer quilters
  • Quilts are given to kids suffering with cancer

The quilt provides comfort and compassion to the children. Through these actions The Caring Community Foundation provides support and giving heart to these children and their families during a difficult time.  For more information on their program or to volunteer, please contact: elainepaul@mindspring.com

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February 2013 Suzy's Yummies Organic Dog Biscuit Company
- Our Service Project leaders learned how to start a business and how some profits are applied to benefit the SPCA of Raleigh.
What is your idea? Make it a reality!
Questions re: Suzy's Yummies? Email Minnie Gupta at rajsreeminniegupta@gmail.com.

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January 2013 Physical Fitness Jump Rope Service Project
(in preparation for May Jump-a-thon!)


Our Service Project leaders learned about the benefits of jump roping from the National Champions 2012 Jump Rope Team, The Super Skippers coached by Gary Anderson in Cary, http://www.superskippers.org/ .
His team taught single and duo jump roping skills to our kids so they can practice and get fit for our May Jump-a-thon for Erik's kidney transplant. Thank you Gary and team!  Erik is a custodian at Penny Road Elementary.  The kids all voted on whom they wanted to jump for.  If you want to collect plegdes and join us on May 13 for our jump-a-thon, please email susan@cookingupcharacter.com   

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December 2012 Senior Service Project


Our Service Project leaders made crafts with seniors at Jordan Oaks Senior Home and sang Holiday songs for them led by Mrs. Koch, PRE Music Teacher.  The seniors had a great time and the kids did a fantastic job! 

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November 2012 Firefighter Thank you Service Project


Our Service Project leaders made dinner, baked cookies, presented thank you cards and a gratitude plaques to two firestations (Cary Fire/Rescue Firestation #6 and Apex Firestation #1) to thank them for their service and sacrifice to our families and our community.  

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October 2012 Neighbor Service Project: Woodshop Birdhouse:


 In October Home Depot staff from Cary, NC guided our Service Project Leaders in a Birdhouse Woodshop! Our SPL's built a birdhouse (pre-cut)  & painted it. They gave it to a neighbor of their choice to thank them for being a good nei Depot staff from Cary, NC guided our Service Project Leaders in a Birdhouse Woodshop! Our ghbor. Kids learned do-it-yourself hands on woodworking skills, about tool safety from Home Depot staff and also the satisfaction of a job well done. 

Here is our Tuesday CUC club group shot with Cary Home Depot Staff, Jonathan Pritchett, Herb Burke, David Caserta, Art Clark, and Chris Ferguson.  Thank you Jonathan and team for leading our CUC Woodshops!  


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September 2012 Nature Service Project: Butterfly Garden 

We have had a great response to our club and are now holding two clubs per month! 

Project Details: 
Rosemary O'day with Crowder District Park started by giving our Monday Service Project Leaders (our CUC members) an overview of a Butterfly lifecycle, their importance in our environment, 
fun facts and discussed plants that attract them. Then we got to work
planting!  Linda Rudd, from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, gave the butterfly overview to our Tuesday club members. Thank you both for coming to present!

Rita Mercer, from the Native Plant Society, has graciously donated many of the plants we need for this project and also offered her consultative services on types of plants and placement in garden. Please visit her website to learn more about Rita and her amazing garden in Apex at http://ritasgarden.net Thank you Rita! 
Big thanks also to Ann & John Sykes & Jo Sharpel for helping to determine the best location for our Penny Road Butterfly Garden. Ann, many thanks for all the additional information you provided us on Penny Road grounds and activities. We appreciate all that you did to make this garden possible! A special thanks to my FIL, Barry, for lending us his tiller and my amazing husband, Michael, for working in the heat to till and prepare the ground for planting.
 
Update: We successfully planted two butterfly gardens! Our Tuesday group planted on their own due to heavy rains on 9/18.  Pictures below: 
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