Welcome to the Take Off for Kids web site! Here you’ll find everything you need to know about this awesome event benefiting children in Northwest Arkansas.
Please Join Us
Please join us Saturday, September 14, 2019 in supporting the Tailwind Aviation Foundation’s Wright Flight Program (see below for our history and focus area). With your support we hope to keep this program growing!
We’ll have a link to our registration site here when we closer to event day.
Take Off for Kids (TOFK) is an annual fundraising event created in 2011 to support charitable organizations focusing on children in Northwest Arkansas. Since then, TOFK has raised over $75,000 for various organizations supporting the children of NWA. The event’s success is due entirely to the generosity of pilots, volunteers and sponsors that share our desire to give back to the communities in which we fly and live.
In 2015 we transitioned to a longer term, more singularly focused, program that we believe will have a significant positive influence on our community. Instead of identifying a new charity to support each year we have adopted Wright Flight, a very successful academic improvement program that thousands of students have participated in over the past 30 years. In addition, TOFK is now held by the Tailwind Aviation Foundation (TAF), a NWA based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that promotes safety, education and charitable projects related to aviation.
The Wright Flight program is dedicated to “helping kids reach new heights” in both their classrooms and their lives. Wright Flight is a motivational program that teaches today’s youth how to set goals and achieve them. Since its inception in 1986, over 20,000 students have graduated from the program. What motivated them? The chance to fly.
We partner with local schools to identify and recruit students in grades 6 through 12 that want to participate in the program. To participate, each student is required to:
– Make a contract with their teacher to reach a specific academic goal
– Remain drug, alcohol and tobacco free during the program
– Complete a course in aviation history, including passing a written exam
If the student meets their goal and passes the curriculum they are rewarded with a Flyday. At the Flydays, each graduate gets about a 30 minute flight and the chance to fly the airplane. They do not just get a ride; they will take the controls as they would in a typical “discovery flight.” After the flight, each student gets a picture of themselves and the pilot in front of the airplane, as well as a Wright Flight T-shirt.
Thanks again to everyone that supported us in previous years!
We look forward to another great event and hope you can participate!
Tim Keaten & Dave Powell – Event Organizers