Kids Rule

Volunteering in far-off lands can be an exciting and rewarding adventure. But students don’t have to travel far to make a difference. These three organizations are giving kids the chance to change their lives and those of their peers in Marin and around the country.

Beyond Differences
School lunch can be a scary time for kids. That’s why Beyond Differences launched “No One Eats Alone,” a program ensuring that all middle-school kids have a friend to sit with when the lunch bell rings. This year more than 1,100 schools have participated in the student-led initiative, raising young people’s awareness in all 50 states. The drive has helped kids feel included, valued and accepted by their peers, making their PB&J taste a little sweeter.

Making sure every child in Marin has the resources needed to realize his/her full potential is SchoolsRule’s top priority. By supplying schools with books, new technology and nutritious food, this organization focuses on closing the inequality gap for the county’s kids. The money raised has gone toward funding musical instruments, materials and technology for special education classrooms and even a MakerSpace. This is definitely something to sing about.

Trips For Kids
By providing transformative cycling experiences for underserved youth, Trips for Kids Marin helps build self-esteem, inspire healthy lifestyles and instill environmental values. The programs range from scenic daylong trail rides to unique Earn-a-Bike workshops. Hands-on lessons in bike mechanics and safety allow kids to earn credits toward owning their own bike and accessories — because there’s nothing like getting your first set of wheels.