Dripping Springs Kids Fun Foundation was formed to provide financial assistance to children in the Dripping Springs Community who would otherwise be unable to participate in extracurricular activities due to financial constraints. Our goal was to create a Fund that would help not only low-income families, but also children whose families are temporarily working through financial constraints due to situations such as serious illness, job loss, or divorce - which in many cases means the family wouldn’t otherwise qualify for financial assistance from some sources.
The Foundation was created in the Fall of 2009 as an Outreach Committee within the Dripping Springs Presbyterian Church (DSPC). That committee was formed with the goal of creating a new program that would benefit our neighbors. Dripping Springs is such an extracurricular activity-based community, with organizations like DSYSA having a huge presence.
In our research, we have found statistics that show tremendous benefits to children that participate in extracurricular activities. These kids:
Meet people with the same interests
Improve social skills, self esteem, and sense of empowerment
Learn to work with others towards a common goal
Develop leadership skills
Develop an end-product they are proud of
Learn lessons in winning and losing
Gain an awareness of good sportsmanship
Learn to take initiative
Develop a sense of belonging
In addition, kids that participate in sports & the arts outside of their regular school-day activities are:
57 percent less likely to have dropped out of school;
49 percent less likely to have tried drugs;
37 percent less likely to have become teen parents; and
27 percent less likely to have been arrested.
We quickly realized that although these activities greatly benefit children, not everyone can afford the registration fees. After a short time, we decided that this program should expand and come from the entire community, not just within the walls of DSPC, so we created DS Kids Fun Foundation - and invited others from the community to join us.