Surfari Pals

Surfari Pals

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Kip and Jennifer: Thank you for being the program foe the May 7 Kiwanis meeting. Let's see if we can find ways to volunteer for Surfari Pals.
Thank you so much, Mrs. Jennifer, for letting us come hang out with you and Winston! There is such a need for this in our city and the kiddos will be truly blessed because of your vision! I’m super excited about this cause! 🏄‍♀️
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Surfari Pals is a fun new way to teach elementary-age children manners, social etiquette, life skills, and service toward others.

Surfari Pals partners with low income elementary schools. We provide a character development program that is fun and interactive. The setting for our characters and lessons is the ocean and the beach! We pair cartooned ocean characters with real ocean animals to teach kids manners, soft skills, and character development, along with life long lessons such as goal setting and healthy interaction with people who live around them. Our long term goal is to build confident children who hold themselves to a high level of integrity and personal accountability.

Surfari Pals' mission is to equip children grades K-5th with the skills they need to succeed in life! We believe that the Surfari Pals program will provide children with the tools necessary to help alleviate bullying and crime, while increasing self-confidence and the desire to "do the right thing.” We are teaching kids to get excited about serving, saying, and doing things for others, while learning principles, values, good character, manners, and basic life skills. Of course, that’s pretty much our motto as well.

Mission: Our mission is simple: Teaching kids good character.

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This online summer camp is awesome! Week two starts today, but it is not too late to register. If your child needs some tutoring this summer, this is perfect. We are proud to be participating this summer!!

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1.Log in to your account, under “accounts and lists” go to Amazon Smile.
2. Search for and choose Surfari Pals Inc.
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Love. Pure and simple. If only we would all just love one another.

[05/31/20]   Writing thank you notes is not old-fashion. It is courteous, kind, and is the least you can do to show gratitude toward those who support you. #thankyou #thankyounote #manners #notoldfashioned #teachingkidsgoodcharacter

Never stop educating yourself. Sometimes it is the most loving thing you can do for yourself and others.

[05/25/20]   To the men and women who have sacrificed and given their lives, we are truly grateful.

We’re committed to the highest level of transparency! Our organization earned the 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency, showcasing the progress and results we’re
making toward our mission! Check out our updated #NonprofitProfile on GuideStar:
https://www.guidestar.org/Profile/9515300. (Now part of @CandidDotOrg)

We busted through our goal!!!

WOW!! Just WOW!! Our minds are blown by the generosity and faithfulness of some of our constant supporters. Here is how it went yesterday:
Our goal was $2,000. We raised $3,540!!!!!!!!
* We gained 4 first time supporters
* We have supporters in 2 new states
* We handed out 60 cups of salsa and are delivering more today.

We are so grateful for all of you. ❤️🙌🏻👍🏻🎉😀

What we do is because of YOU!

Do you know what our supporters and partners do? They write stories, print books, make slideshows, spend hours in classrooms, print stickers, hand out rewards and prizes for a job well done, hug kids who need one, teach about manners, setting goals, forgiveness, and how to make your bed. THIS, and so much, more is what you do when you support Surfari Pals. #giveforgoodnla #giveforgood #givingtuesdayNOW

We have the coolest supporters! Happy #cincodemayo #dontquit #almostthere #giveforgoodnla #giveforgood #givingtuesdayNOW

Does Surfari Pals Work?

Parents and teachers, we know that sometimes you wonder if children are even listening. Are they "getting it?" We are no different, so we decided to ask a few questions.

What have you learned from Surfari Pals?
This is what a few of our 4th and 5th graders had to say.

Surfari Pals needs partners to continue "Teaching Kids Good Character!"

Please donate at giveforgoodnla.org/SurfariPals

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We are reaching our goals. Thanks so much, everyone. Keep sharing!! #giveforgoodnla #giveforgood #givingtuesdayNOW

Come down and get your salsa! #giveforgoodnla #giveforgood #givingtuesdayNOW

We can hardly wait to see you! Pull into the parking lot of Surdari Pals at 1010 Marshall St from the FAIRFIELD side. We will hand you your salsa while you stay in you car. #freesalsa #socialdistancingapproved #donationsappreciated #giveforgoodnla #giveforgood #givingtuesdayNOW

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We know there are A LOT of good choices. Please choose to support Surfari Pals. Surfari Pals is a fun new way to teach elementary-age children manners, social etiquette, life skills, respect, and self-confidence. We take students on a character-building, learning adventure using ocean-based characters and Kip Surfari as their guide. #giveforgood #givingTuesdaynow #teachingkidsgoodcharacter

ZOOM ZOOM... We are teaching via Zoom at The Providence House. Kip Surfari is gonna teach us to do things right!

Surfari Pals Goals: Surfari Partners

Surfari Salsa...Salsa on a Mission!!!

Surfari Pals Goals: Camp Surfari

Surfari Pals Goals: Camp Surfari

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See you guys at 7pm (cst)

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Dana is amazing! We had such a great visit this morning. (Despite the internet hiccup)

I asked, and you answered!

After an overwhelmingly positive response to my question of whether YOU would want a Facebook Live series featuring and highlighting nonprofits who are thriving in the virtual space, I’ve decided to spend the next three weeks doing just that!

In particular, we’ll be learning from nonprofit organizations that are hosting virtual events, digital campaigns, and creative fundraising solutions via social media.

FIRST guest is Jennifer, Founder of Surfari Pals. You don’t want to miss this - tag a friend in the comments below that needs to hop on with you!

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Attention all of my nonprofit friends: Come hang out with us on a Live Q&A with Dana from Positive Equation tomorrow. 11am CST.

I asked, and you answered!

After an overwhelmingly positive response to my question of whether YOU would want a Facebook Live series featuring and highlighting nonprofits who are thriving in the virtual space, I’ve decided to spend the next three weeks doing just that!

In particular, we’ll be learning from nonprofit organizations that are hosting virtual events, digital campaigns, and creative fundraising solutions via social media.

FIRST guest is Jennifer, Founder of Surfari Pals. You don’t want to miss this - tag a friend in the comments below that needs to hop on with you!

Surfari Pals Goals: School Programming

Preschedule your Give for Good gift at https://www.giveforgoodnla.org/surfaripals

This week we will be coming to you LIVE at 7 PM (CST) each night Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We are going to be talking through each of the FOUR MAIN GOALS of Surfari Pals. See you all then.

#giveforgood is here. Pre-scheduling is going on now - May 4.

Have you ever made homemade jelly or jam? We have 12 jars of blackberry jam (aka preserves depending on your region) cooling. There's no sound like the sound of jar lids popping to make you so happy!!

What is your favorite fruit jelly or jam?

Kip Surfari is just the coolest!

Check out this fresh ☀️Downtown Daily Good Deed☀️! Kip Cummings planted an urban garden at the Surfari Pals offices to grow veggies. This summer, kids at Camp Surfari will try all sorts of yummy new things like bell peppers, tomatoes and strawberries.

Thank you to Kip and his pals who donated their time, money and effort to nurture downtown Shreveport.

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Well, it is Wednesday so here is your new Surfari Pals lesson for this week. Claude the Crab is going to teach us how to set the table! Click here to watch the video and download the book. https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/NTM2NzY2ODAwNzZa/p/NzQxNTE5MDEzNTRa/details

We are planting gardens!! We have a big big announcement about this coming soon, but for now here are our starter planting boxes.

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Here is our Duke the Dorado lesson. He teaches kids to wash their fins and hands before they eat and after they use the restroom. But during the COVID quarantine, we should wash our hands several times in between too. Have fun washing those fins and hands! Our google classroom code is
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https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/NTM2NzY2ODAwNzZa/a/NTYzODYwMjA4NTla/details

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Our Story

Let us introduce ourselves.

5/2019

Kip and Jennifer are just a California boy and a Texas girl looking to make a difference in this big ol' world.

Growing up in Bell Gardens, California, a small suburb of East Los Angeles, one of Kip’s main influences in his life was a childhood neighbor named Monty Heistand. Monty helped teach the neighborhood kids good character skills, and provided a place for everyone to call home. Monty continues to inspire Kip to look for ways to influence children in a positive way. Jennifer grew up in a small East Texas community where she watched her parents model giving and sharing with others. Jennifer learned early on that being willing to give or help someone in need often had nothing to do with what was, or wasn't, in your wallet.

For years, Surfari Pals’ creator Kip Cummings has had a vision to help teach kids good character skills. Our goal is to encourage, engage, and entertain them along the way.

Surfari Pals is the solution to the problem that we don’t recognize until it’s too late. We hear things like, “Children today have no manners, aren’t able to resolve conflict without violence, aren’t considerate, have no self-discipline, and are selfish.” Why do we hear these things? Children need to be taught how to develop positive behaviors. Surfari Pals is based on prevention, as opposed to rehabilitation. Surfari Pals educates children in engaging ways that are fun, interactive, challenging, and will have consistent long-term benefits.

We provide this curriculum at no cost for Title 1 schools who desire to partner with us for the benefit of their students.

Our mission is to teach children, in grades first - fifth, the skills and character traits they need to thrive in their homes, schools, and communities.

​Kip and Jennifer have six children, four children-in-law, and two grandsons between them. They also have an English Springer Spaniel named Winston.

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We busted through our goal!!!
What we do is because of YOU!
Does Surfari Pals Work?
Giveforgoodnla.org/SurfariPals
Surfari Pals Goals: Surfari Partners
Surfari Pals Goals: Camp Surfari
Surfari Pals Goals: School Programming

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1010 Marshall St
Shreveport, LA
71101

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Having a passion to help others and to create a way to help children learn to become better citizens while learning principles, values and character skills is very important. I've had the wonderful opportunity to visit many areas, both inside and outside the U.S., whether on vacation or mission trips, and saw the need to help children learn good character skills at an early age. I wanted to create a way to reward them for their efforts by using the local business community to help promote good behavior with "Certificates of Awesomeness" that can be redeemed for food or prizes. Thus prompting the phrase, "Learn while you earn!" Most of the characters created have some type of personal affiliation with me and helped inspire these lessons. This page will help keep you informed of the progress of Surfari Pals while providing updates and promotions of this endeavor. If you have children...know children...have ever been a child in your life or know anyone else that knows or loves children, then this is definitely for you! Please help pass this along to those whom you feel could benefit from such a program. You'll be glad you did!
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