At AppleTree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool, we feel it is important to be involved with the community around our schools. This is why we highly value our partnerships with local organizations and events and enjoy giving back to the community through donations and sponsorships.
- St. Jude's Children's Hospital - Each April our schools promote and organize a Trike-A-Thon event to raise awareness and funds for the St. Jude's Children's Hospital. The mission of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
- Diaper Drives - Each July, our schools collect diapers for an assortment of organizations throughout the community around their location. Since 2015, we have been a partner with the Kent County Great Start Parent Coalition. Diapers and wipes donated are provided to a food pantry for distribution to families in need.
- Muscular Dystrophy Association - Each August our schools organize a Hop-A-Thon to raise awareness for muscular dystrophy through resources from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). This usually involves a representative from the organization visiting the school, sometimes with a child who deals with MD, to explain about MD to the children in ways for them to understand. MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy, and education.
- Food Drives - Each November, our schools collect non-perishable items for local food pantries. Our Grand Rapids Administrative teams enjoy opportunities to volunteer to pack lunches for local children at Kids Food Basket.