April 14, 2024

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Keith's Journey: How Your Support Helps Children Conquer Challenges at ICG

Keither and another Playful Nature Explorer smile while holding onto the rope web in ICG's Hands On Nature Anarchy Zone

Written by Jae Darling, Communications Coordinator


It started as a brisk morning at Ithaca Children’s Garden (ICG), with all of us – staff and children alike – bundled up in hats and gloves, but it quickly warmed up under the sun’s persistent attention. For the first time in a few days, the sun broke through the gray mat of clouds, and the layers peeled off as Playful Nature Explorers transitioned to the Hands-On Nature Anarchy Zone. 

As I stood in the Hands-On Nature Anarchy Zone, a smorgasbord of items and experiences awaiting creative young minds in the Ithaca Children’s Garden, my attention was drawn to Keith, a Playful Nature Explorer, gazing determinedly at the climbing web. I was following the preschool children to take photos, and Jason had just constructed the newest attraction for the kids: a rope climbing web strung up on wooden posts.

It was an immediate hit: numerous toddlers swarmed it, but after a time, the novelty faded, and their attention turned elsewhere. That’s when Keith stepped up.

I didn’t realize it then, but Keith’s decision would soon become pivotal for him and me.

Read the entire story about Keith's journey on ICG's blog.

Read more about Keith's journey at ICG

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