Connect With A Wish holds a variety of yearly and intermittent events.
BACK TO SCHOOL PEP RALLY
This yearly event helps the children in Virginia Beach foster care get excited and prepared for the upcoming school year. In the weeks leading up to the Back to School Pep Rally, CWW collects requested school supplies that are given to the kids at the event.
CWW conducts field trips periodically that Virginia Beach foster youth of all ages are invited to attend. The field trips vary from trip to trip. A few examples include Hunt Club Farm, kayaking, the Adventure Park, Triple R Ranch, and boat tours.
SANTAPALOOZA AND THE HOLIDAY PROJECT
The holidays can often be a very difficult time for children in foster care; CWW makes the holiday season more festive for children in care. Each child has the opportunity to make gift requests, and Santapalooza is a merry event to brighten the kids' spirits with gifts, crafts, food, music, and more.
Our Prom Event prepares teenage girls in foster care for their upcoming proms by treating them to a boutique-like experience where they each pick out a prom dress, accessories, and shoes. They also have their hair and makeup done, along with professional pictures. This assures the girls of their beauty, inside and out. Hair styling gift certificates and restaurant gift cards are also provided for their prom day.
Each summer, CWW coordinates summer camps for the foster children at no cost to the foster families. The kids fill out a form about their interests, and we find a suitable camp for each child. The summer camp experience is quintessential to many kids as they grow up; we make sure local foster children can have the same rewarding experiences.
Only about half of teens in foster care graduate from high school. When kids in care beat the statistics and graduate, they deserve a celebration. CWW assists in hosting graduation parties to recognize and reward the teens for all the hard work they put into school.