December 2020
2020 has been full of innovation and adaptation, and we have seen a lot of cool things transpire when we think outside of the box. Some Wild Plum families voiced they weren't comfortable sending their children into the classroom but still long for an educator to be influential in their child's life. With your support, we bought chrome books, assembled at home classroom kits, and created virtual classrooms where we have the option to learn together from a distance. This has also allowed Wild Plum to expand our collaborations in the classroom with organizations like Integral Steps.

On Fridays, Integral Steps joins Ms. Rachel's virtual classroom where they used different learning modalities that allowed participants to feel positively challenged and encouraged to grow. Last Friday, they spent half an hour exploring learning about Octopus through movement and music but ended the hour learning through hands on art activities pictured below.

We are excited for a new year with new adversities and new solutions. Thank you 2020 for helping us learn in detail what every family in our program needs in order to be successful and for pushing us to come up with contemporary ways to serve these families with extreme need.
Service Spotlight
This is the time of year where we can't open the office doors without a box of tissues in hand. Just look at the generosity flowing through our community:

Longmont Twin Peaks Rotary- donated 160 age appropriate children's books that were in different languages and wrapped in festive paper.
Heart of Longmont - provided "family togetherness" baskets which were personalized for 38 Wild Plum Families and included something they thought the family would enjoy doing together.
Tran's Martial Arts & Family- delivered over 50 gift cards ranging from $25 - $100 for groceries for families during Winter Break
Kiwanis Longmont- assembled gift bags for every one of our students
Let Your Light Shine Bright- quickly sourced a high chair for a Wild Plum family
Rachel Shannon's Toy Drive- provided over 100 toys that promote early childhood development
Local Community Member- said her family had a blast participating in our family-to-family adoption program and her sons loved being able to share the things they love with children their age that have greater needs.

What a gift community is. Thank you all for helping us provide education at no-cost to families. Thank you for promoting equity through education by investing in children during the most formative years of their life. Thank you for the countless ways you give to Wild Plum Center, so we can continue to provide students with an individualized, comprehensive education and our families the stability they need, in order for us to reach new heights together.
Colorado Gives Day 2020!
Our families have great need so we have asked a LOT of our donor community this year, and even so, we still had a wildly successful Colorado Gives Day. Thanks again to each of you that believed and invested in a bright future for every Wild Plum student and family. You play an important role in making sure our doors stay open and the vitality of our work force and community thrive. Thank you for your generosity in 2020 as we enter the New Year feeling confident and enabled to continue adapting and meeting the growing needs of our hometown.
Still in the giving spirit?
End of Year Giving to WPC Qualify for the
Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit
This means that anyone who files a Colorado State Income Tax return can get 50% of their contribution amount deducted from their state income taxes. For example, if you donate $200, when you file your state taxes, these taxes will be reduced by $100.