Our mission at Giving Opportunities to Kids Foundation is to open doors beyond the classroom experience to help children explore and develop their talents, interests, and skills. In order to achieve this goal, we facilitate a number of programs that are uniquely designed to broaden horizons, encouraging children to reach their highest potential. We also look for ways to partner with the community and other organizations, who share a passion for investing in our youth.
GOT Kids 3-day Kayak Camp - registration open for 2023
GOT Kids is partnering with our friends at Headwaters Boathouse to offer an amazing 3-day Kayak camp experience for 6-8th grade students at Lodi Lake at no cost to the family. Participation limited to students currently enrolled in Lodi Unified School District, limit one session per student. Sign up here for the next session!
Summer Science Day Camp - June 6-8, 2023
Three days of exciting science activities and fun for students entering grades 4-6 at Lodi Lake. This annual favorite pairs educational time with outdoor adventures for a memorable camp experience. Thanks to our local community partners like the Lodi-Tokay Rotary, and the Michael David Family Foundation for their support which enables us to offer this program free to all participants.
cal-waste materials recovery facility tours
GOT Kids partners with Cal-Waste to offer guided educational tours for fifth grade students, through the state of the art Cal-Waste Materials Recovery Facility in Galt. This incredibly informational tour includes a behind the scenes look at the various jobs, machinery and materials processed in the MRF to give students a better understanding of how much of what they discard is recyclable and how these materials are processed.
Lodi USD Art Show- April 15, 2023
A showcase of original artwork made by talented Lodi USD high school students. Congratulations to Attyson Valdez, who took home the 2022 Best in Show prize for an intricately drawn portrait. Ms. Valdez also took home Best in Show at the San Joaquin County Art Show. Congratulations, Attyson!
Storm drain dectectives
Established in 2000, the Storm Drain Detectives are a group of Lodi USD teachers, students, and community members, in partnership with the City of Lodi, Public Works Department, that monitor the Mokelumne River monthly at several different sites where stormwater enters the river. The students record their findings which are then reported online for public information. GOT Kids lends support to this amazing program to help fund experiential learning components and underwrite program costs.
Every year, students participating in the City of Lodi's environmental education programs have the opportunity to share what they’ve learned with the community in the Mokelumne Current. This annual publication features articles, interviews, photos, artwork, creative writing, poetry, and more, all created by local students. The focus of each issue is on the Mokelumne River Watershed, the Delta, conservation and local ecology. Each Lodi USD student receives a printed copy of the Mokelumne Current in May, funded by GOT Kids.
We support literacy nights held at Lodi USD elementary school sites, where caregivers join in a small group setting to learn about the importance of reading with a child. Studies show that even looking at the pictures and talking together provides important language development for young children. Every child receives an age-appropriate book to take home and enjoy together with their family.
A volunteer driven, research-based program for 8th grade students to help them understand the impact choices have on their future. In today's world, students need encouragement and support to reach their full potential.
Buy One/Give One T-Shirts
Purchase a GOT Kids T-shirt and the foundation will provide an article of clothing to a child in need. Click HERE to view sizes and colors.