September 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // Duluth, Ga. - Earlier this month at Sunshine on a Ranney Day's Annual Evening of Sunshine Gala in Atlanta, the non-profit organization dedicated to creating special living spaces for children facing long-term illnesses and disabilities honored two people who have devoted their lives to early education, childcare and philanthropy. Pat and Janice Vinson – the founders of Georgia-based Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies® – were recognized with the 2014 Gracie's Charitable Hearts of the Year Award.
In a statement published on Facebook, Sunshine on a Ranney Day explained the motivation behind their choice for this year's award recipients: “They're not only the founders of Kids 'R' Kids; their names are synonymous with giving back to the community. The Vinsons have a passion for helping children through their work and philanthropy. The vision for Kids 'R' Kids was built in the Vinson's Decatur, Georgia home in March of 1961. Their philosophy is that all children should have the opportunity to grow physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually by playing, exploring, and learning with others in a fun, safe, and healthy environment. Their love for children and their understanding of the importance of an uplifting environment for a child makes them perfect partners with Sunshine on a Ranney Day. They have helped Sunshine On a Ranney Day soar to a new level, enabling us to help so many more families and children. It is our pleasure to honor Pat and Janice Vinson for all of their accomplishments in helping children and giving back to the community.”
In December 2013, the Vinsons became major supporters of Sunshine on a Ranney Day with a check for $50,000 on behalf of the Kids 'R' Kids International® corporate office and their franchisees. The donation has helped offset construction costs and supplies for the organization's renovation projects. Individuals and corporations who wish to follow the example set by Kids 'R' Kids can make a secure online donation to Sunshine on a Ranney Day at www.sunshineonaranneyday.com. Corporate partnerships are also available, and volunteers to assist with renovation projects are always needed and appreciated.
Established in 1985 and headquartered in the North Atlanta suburb of Duluth, GA, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies® provide a secure, nurturing, and educational environment for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. Through its signature “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy, the provision of state-of-the-art facilities that boast interactive whiteboard technology and secure Internet classroom monitoring for parents, and the employment of a highly trained teaching staff, Kids 'R' Kids encourages its students to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. In 2013, the early education provider was proud to unveil its revolutionary and proprietary curriculum rooted in brain development called Brain Waves™. AdvancED Accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools, Kids 'R' Kids International® is a family owned and operated organization that is comprised of 157 locations in 14 states. For more information about Kids 'R' Kids International, please visit www.kidsrkids.com.
Sunshine on a Ranney Day is a 501(c)(3) non-profit approved organization that creates dream room makeovers for children with long-term illness. SOARD was founded in 2012 by Peter and Holly Ranney on the belief that every child needs their own special place to feel safe, comfortable and relaxed - a place where they can play and allow their imagination to be free. SOARD has quickly become a leading children's charity in Atlanta with expertise in residential ADA modifications, therapy rooms, and unique children's room design. It is the hope of SOARD for each family that receives a makeover has a renewed sense of hope knowing their child has a fun and safe environment to live in while at home. SOARD relies 100% on donations from the public and the generosity of corporate and volunteer partners who perform work on the makeovers at little to no cost. For more information about Sunshine on a Ranney Day, please visit www.sunshineonaranneyday.com.
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