Growing up, I was so involved with band and other clubs that I truly loved school and the opportunities these extracurricular activities presented me. But I also think.... where would I be today had the "fun" part of school not been in my life. Would I be the success that I feel I am today? Would I enjoy the continuous learning life presents? Would I have the wonderful family that my wife and I have created for us and our son? Truth is, there are thousands of kids in our community that don't have this same experience. Many in foster care just don't have the resources available to them that many kids do have to enhance their educational experience. Even those not in the care of the state live in extreme poverty. They can't afford band instruments, or shoes to be on the track team, or even the funds needed to go on field trips sometimes with their classmates. They are stuck in a "revolving door" that ends up nowhere and just don't enjoy school. Would you? Many of you know that my son, Steven, was adopted from foster care by Carolyn and me. We were able to give him opportunities, as pictured here on the varsity volleyball team for his high school. He loves it and it truly makes a difference for him. If a kid doesn't have anything to do to enhance their lives, it can lead to problems that could be avoided. K4K Florida opens the door for kids to make a significant difference in the lives of children who have suffered abuse or neglect as well as those living in extreme poverty ... children who don’t have the opportunity to participate in so many things many of us take for granted: team sports, high school dances, music lessons, trips to amusement parks, the chance to pick out and buy brand new clothes... Through K4K Florida, kids of all ages can raise awareness of children in need – children right in their community – and share the opportunity to make a difference. As kids raise awareness, they’ll also be able to make an even bigger impact by raising funds to provide educational and life-changing experiences for kids in need. Funds raised through K4K Florida benefit kids served by Children's Home Society of Florida. Every dollar Children's Home Society of Florida receives through K4K Florida will directly help a child. Will you help today? Our future depends on us to make the next generation better. If we can change one life, we can help change the world.