2018 Award

2018 Red Wagon Award

Save The Children is the recipient of the 14th annual Red Wagon Award.

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—West Virginia’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth would like to announce the winner of the 14th annual Red Wagon Award. The 2018 Red Wagon Award is presented to Save The Children for their devotion to improving the lives of young people by providing the Five Promises: Caring Adults, Safe Places, A Healthy Start, An Effective Education and Opportunities to Help Others. 

Save the Children invests in childhood –every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Save the Children has been implementing evidence-based education and health programs in West Virginia since 2010. During the 2017-2018 school year, Save the Children served 3,386 children within 10 schools in five counties; they are continually expanding services and widening their footprint within West Virginia. 

Caring Adults

Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success program assists babies and young children with language, social and emotional development; equips parents and caregivers with the skills and knowledge to successfully support their child’s growth; and develops strong home-school connections.  This quality early learning is provided through home visits, book exchanges and parenting groups that help ensure children 0 to 5 years old develop the language and literacy skills needed to enter school ready to succeed, and that parents and caregivers know ways to best support their children’s individual needs and growth. 

Safe Places

Save the Children’s afterschool and summer programming provides children a safe place with structured literacy, social-emotional, and physical activities for the time following the school day and while school is out of session.  Our afterschool programs run throughout the entire school year and our summer programs run for six weeks while school is out of session. 

A Healthy Start

Because of the positive connection between children’s learning and health, a comprehensive health and nutrition program is an integral component of Save the Children’s programs.  Using the research-based Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) curricula, our Healthy Choices program is offered each day during afterschool programing and encompasses physical activity and nutrition education.

Effective Education

To help combat the short and long-term effects of poverty on children, our programs make literacy the main priority in our educational efforts.  Our goal is to improve children’s ability to read for academic, personal and eventually, career purposes. 

Opportunities to Serve

Community service learning is an integral part of Save the Children’s SummerBoost Camp.  A strong summer program creates a culture that is different from the school year and promotes a sense of community. 

For additional information: Cathryn Miller, Phone: 304-617-4638, Email: cmiller@savechildren.org

“The little red wagon - a symbol of childhood.  It could be filled with a child's hopes and dreams or weighed down with their burdens.  Millions of American children need our help to pull that wagon along.  Let's all pull together." – General Colin L. Powell