Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Chicks 4 Charity Host Online Fundraiser with Boon Supply

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 Woman's Life Insurance Society Chapter 827 Chicks 4 Charity will be raising money this September for Children's Craniofacial Association. Their mission is to empower and give hope to individuals and families affected by facial differences. 

Woman's Life Insurance Society will match the first $500 raised and Chicks 4 Charity will match the next $500 raised.

You can participate in our Shop for a Cause with Boon Supply...

Support our fundraiser by shopping at Boon Supply!

Chicks 4 Charity receives 40% of purchases made.  Goal is $5,000 in purchases.  They have a wonderful array of bags, accessories, kitchen/food items, gift ideas and more.  It is a wonderful way to shop for birthdays, the upcoming holidays, back to school, work  etc.  Whether school or work is in person, or virtual, they have something for everyone.  Shopping for this event occurs from August 12 through September 30, 2020.  Shop early and often.

Thank you so much to Sue Giles, and her friends at the  Woman's Life Insurance Society Chapter 827, for dedicating their fundraising efforts to CCA Kids!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Watch David Roche Conduct A Weekly August Storytelling Workshop Every Tuesday

Join us every Tuesday evening during the month of August for a storytelling series at 6pm CST (7pm ET, 4pm PT). Watch how 5 speakers transform and build on their story telling techniques over the course of a month.

We invite you to be part of our audience to experience the stories our storytellers will tell and learn from the techniques our mentors will share. This is a unique format that will allow you to learn from the presentations, and submit feedback through chat during the event.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Staff Donate $400 To CCA Kids

Schools may not be in session over the summer, but the work for all school systems continues behind the scenes. Mary Ann Jackman, mother of CCA staffer, Kara Jackman, is one of the people that makes schools kind, welcoming spaces for diverse students in cities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After 11 years of service as a regional director for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Statewide System of Support [SSoS], she brought her service to a close on June 30th. In her honor and in lieu of a gift, her colleagues donated $400 to CCA after hearing about the good work that we do for kids across the country. On top of that $400, Mary Ann and her soul mate and husband, Patrick Jackman, contributed an additional $200 towards their daughter’s birthday club fundraiser. This $600 will bring about a positive impact for our families, providing life-changing medical care for kids in need, building family network connections, and educational materials for students of all ages.

Mary Ann and Patrick Jackman in San Diego, CA

Mary Ann Jackman is a tireless advocate for children in urban, diverse municipalities from Chelsea, Framingham, Randolph, Taunton, and Lowell.  She began her educational career at schools in Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Roxbury.   She taught at various grade levels, plus put her certifications in math and computer technology to good use in the Boston Public Schools. Mary Ann was the first to bring computers into Boston classrooms. Later, she would move into administrative positions, working as an assistant principal, principal (of two schools no less), and ultimately superintendent in a small town closer to the family home, so she could better care for her family.  She retired as superintendent in 2006, but her passion for education remained intact. Mary Ann knew there was more work to do. It was then, after two years working at an Apple retail store, that she returned to work in education with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. There she teamed with colleagues and partnered with schools/districts to work together to better understand and support the needs of the diverse and changing student populations, toward the goal of improving outcomes for all.  Surrounded by dedicated colleagues and school/district leaders, school improvement plans were developed, implemented, and progress monitored; student opportunities and achievement grew and improved. 

Her colleagues wanted to share their appreciation for her years of leadership and hard work. Mary Ann is a tough woman for whom to purchase gifts, so when she caught wind of something going on, she talked with her long time colleague Casel Walker and SSoS assistant director, Rebecca Hyde, about CCA and the work that CCA did in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and her daughter, Kara’s, passion for creating opportunities and making a difference for those with facial differences.  

Mary Ann leaves a positive impression on all people with whom she works. She exemplifies all the principles in our #ChooseKind initiative, especially for black, indigenous, and students of color. Many of the team members were touched by her work ethic and eagerly took the opportunity to donate in her honor. Thanks to Mary Ann’s leadership, all of them live out Margaret Mead’s message. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

CCA is grateful that this group of thoughtful, committed citizens has helped to improve the lives of families in the facial difference world, too. Thank you to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Statewide System of Support Coastal Region. We salute you, your work, and the countless opportunities you gave to a young girl from Dorchester that just wanted to help children reach their aspirational educational goals

Three cheers for you, Mary Ann! What a life well lived!

Monday, July 20, 2020

#ChooseKind Schools: Massachusetts School Reading Teacher Visits CCA Offices

Mrs. Lima of the Morse Pond School in Falmouth
Massachusetts came to visit the CCA offices in December 2019
before coronavirus hit. 

Before the coronavirus struck the United States, friends and teachers visited the Dallas, CCA offices. One of them came as 2019 came to a close. 

Thank you Mrs. Lima for stopping by our CCA office in Dallas, TX in December 2019 before our world turned upside down with the coronavirus. Great timing. Mrs. Lima is a Reading Teacher at Morse Pond School in Falmouth, Massachusetts on good, old Cape Cod. She teaches mostly 5th and 6th grade students. 

Over winter break, Mrs. Lima was in town visiting family and friends. She dropped by to send along some pen pal letters that her students wrote to our CCA Kids. She had been in contact with Khadija, our outreach director, about the pen pal program, our #ChooseKind Initiative, and curriculum for her students. During Mrs. Lima's visit, Khadija was kind enough to give her a tour of the office suite and provide her with more resources for her kids.

Thank you Mrs. Lima and Morse Pond School staff for teaching your students the importance of kindness through our #ChooseKind programs. 

If you are a teacher looking for curriculum or ways for your kids to connect with CCA kids with facial differences, please visit our Choose Kind Initiative webpage or email Khadija at There are resources for parents, kids and more on our website.