Non-profit organization aims to fund extracurricular activities for children

Jan 14, 2015 7:10 PM by Charlene Cheng

10-year-old Zachary Travis shares a lot of common interests with other fifth graders, hanging out with friends, playing sports, and fiddling with new technology.

"My favorite thing to do is play on the school iPads, and my second favorite thing is the Nintendo 3DS," he said.

But after-school activities have become almost impossible since his dad Robert, a single father, lost his vision and his job.

"Just haven't been able to do much beyond living and taking care of my son right now," Robert said.

Zachary's principal at Juniper School recently heard about Launchpad 4 Kids, a new non-profit dedicated to funding extracurricular activities for underprivileged children.

"Extracurricular activities are vital to not only a students' learning, but to their social skills and being able to interact with their peers," A.J. Anderson said.

Teachers from local schools nominate children who could use a helping hand.

Sponsors then visit Launchpad's website to select specific campaigns to fund.

The company's founder, Ashlee Tate, remembers what it was like to not have the extra money.

"I actually always wanted to be a cheerleader, and I think I would've been good at it, but we couldn't afford, it was too expensive, as it's still expensive nowadays. We've actually had some kids be sponsored as cheerleaders, so that's always rewarding to see," she said.

Next month, Zachary will start soccer lessons, and something he's even more excited for, coding classes.

"I'm happy that they chose me. It might be a great time for me, and it'll be fun, that's all I know," he said.

If you want to learn more about Launchpad 4 Kids or sponsor a child, you can learn more at their website at


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