A Word from CEO Carla Rizzo – August 2022

August 26, 2022
Carla Rizzo

I always loved school as a kid. Picking out a backpack, new school supplies and waiting with great anticipation to know who my teacher would be and which of my friends would be in my class, are really fond memories for me. Not every child has those same feelings around back to school time. Completely KIDS staff, partners, and our donors truly play a critical role in making sure our KIDS have a great start to their school year. Whether that means providing fully stocked backpacks or being a familiar face at Back to School Nights, Completely KIDS makes a big difference and we could not do it without your support.

This year we opened our 17th after school program at the new OPS elementary school, Forest Station in Bellevue! We are so excited to expand our services to help even more KIDS and families to achieve their goals. Just like every Completely KIDS site, KIDS will have access to Weekend Food and Mental Health services, Junior Support Staff from our Teen Employment Program will be employed there to assist with program implementation, and parents will have access to our parent education and family support services! We are grateful for the opportunity to be part of this incredible community.

Finally, I am so excited about our upcoming events, Pinot Pigs & Pours on September 22 at Champions Club and FORE! the KIDS on September 26 at Field Club. Not only will we have a lot of fun, the funds raised by these events are critical for the agency to be able to continue to meet our mission and provide all of these incredible services and opportunities. If you have not purchased your ticket yet, there is still some time (but not much!). I sincerely hope to see you there. If you cannot attend but still want to support the event, there is also the option to make a donation on the website and/or purchase wine for Pinot, Pigs & Pours. Thank you for all that you do for our KIDS and families!