There are currently 11 kids living at The Wheeler House ranging in ages from one to 14 years old. The Denton Parks Foundation stepped in to provide ongoing scholarships for these kids to attend their programs all year round! The shift to an indoor childhood has accelerated in the past decade, with huge declines in spontaneous outdoor activities such as bike riding, swimming and touch football, according to the National Sporting Goods Association.
Surveys by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the CDC found that a child is six times more likely to play a video game on a typical day than to ride a bike.
These statistics show the importance of getting our kids to play outside and enjoy the outdoors. The Denton Parks Foundation has stepped in to help with this.
The Denton Parks Foundation organizes the Fourth of July Liberty Run; Paddle, Pound & Pedal Challenge; Reindeer Romp; and plenty of other programs. They head up an ongoing project that allows people to purchase trees in memory of someone, living or deceased, to be planted in Legacy Forest. The Lake Forest Park on Ryan Road, commonly known as the “Dog Park,” is also a project of theirs!
They kept two summer camps from shutting down due to a federal funding cut by raising $20,000 so kids from low-income families wouldn’t have to miss out on the opportunity to develop problem-solving skills, build self-esteem, life skills and pro-social behaviors.
"The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning, and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school,” said Michael Popkin, Ph.D., family therapist and founder of Active Parenting.
The Denton Parks Foundation serves our community well by making our city beautiful, but also generously providing a way for the little ones at The Wheeler House to experience the beauties of childhood.
For more information about The Wheeler House, click on the button below. To contact the Denton Parks Foundation, email their executive director Molly Tampke at firstname.lastname@example.org.