PHILADELPHIA (CBS) â After school lessons can bring so many benefits to a child but they can also get expensive. More than a decade ago, a Yardley, Pennsylvania couple decided to help.
Sianna Ried is learning to move like a champ. Siannaâs father, Hikeem Carroll, says in just a year, boxing lessons have transformed her.READ MORE: Small Wins: Philadelphia Man Overcame Life Struggles To Become Face Of Clothing Brand
âConfidence level through the roof. She can fight now,â Carroll said. âJust as a person, sheâs building.â
Thatâs the confidence that Michele and Gene Rice love to see. Michele and Gene arranged for Sianna to take lessons at Maleek Jackson Fitness Boxing Gym in Northern Liberties.
The Bucks County couple has been doing that for kids for more than 10 years.
They call it the Plant A Seed Foundation.
âWe donât want a young child not to pursue their passions because maybe their families are having financial hardships at the time,â Gene said.READ MORE: Suspect Gilbert Newton III Testifies, Damning Texts Read During Trial In Murder Of Ex-Girlfriend Morgan McCaffrey
Not only is Sianna getting lessons here thanks to Michele and Gene, so is 13-year-old Saahryah Baylor.
âOne thing I like about it is, it teach me to fight and stuff, and itâs something to do and gets your anger out,â Saahryah said.
âTheyâve absolutely love coming here. They come twice a week. They are doing wonderful,â Michele said.
Over the years, the Plant A Seed Foundation has arranged thousands of lessons for hundreds of children in everything from ballet to karate.
âWeâve helped now, in 12 years, 652 children,â Gene said. âWe know if a kidâs into boxing weâre going to find Maleek. If someoneâs into karate, we have three or four senseis weâve worked with, so now we have relationships that we can go back to all the time.â
This year, theyâve been able to arrange lessons for about 40 children, planting the seeds that will keep kids growing in the right direction.MORE NEWS: Pfizer Releases Data Stating Its Covid-19 Vaccine Safe, Effective For Children
The Plant A Seed Foundation estimates it covers the cost of about $1,000 per child each year.