OAK (Ordinary Acts of Kindness) Lifestyle was formed with the idea that ordinary people can make a difference in the educational success of homeless and at-risk youth.
A few years ago, two of our founders adopted two kids (domestically) that were heading into 2nd and 3rd grade. They never anticipated the academic challenges their children would have. Since the children spent much of their lives living in shelters or short-term housing, they missed out on some of the core building blocks of learning - reading books before bedtime, counting Cheerios, writing thank you notes - the "teaching" we take for granted. Out of this experience, they decided that it was important to be a part of supporting education for children who may be normally slip through the cracks.
At OAK, we focus on providing backpacks to give each child a positive start to the school year. We believe that when we hand a backpack to a child who is struggling, it says "We believe in you. You can be successful." It's an item that is all their own, and receiving it brings enthusiasm for a new year of learning.
OAK partners with like-minded charitable organizations who are invested in the educational success of homeless and at-risk youth.
Our Founders: Jessica Sjolseth, Brent Sjolseth and Kevin Burpo