A New School Year is Here - Help Kids Succeed in the Classroom!
For most kids, starting a new school year brings excitement, new adventures, and of course new school supplies! But for many of the kids we serve, going back to school can be stressful and intimidating, since many families simply cannot afford the cost of basic school supplies.
We’re committed to ensuring that all kids have the backpacks and school supplies they need to start the year confident and ready to learn and support from our wonderful partners is helping make it happen:
Apollo Group/University of Phoenix employees donated 27,104 items. Dozens of Apollo Group volunteers also spent two days sorting supplies and stuffing backpacks for kids in need. Novartis and Ross Stores also made special deliveries of dozens of backpacks and supplies for young learners!
We’ve collected lots of supplies, but we still have a long way to go! Here are some simple ways you can help make a difference:
- Support the school supply drive at your local Staples store now through September 17th by purchasing and donating new school supplies right in the store! All supplies donated through the “Staples for Students” campaign will be delivered to our Clubs and go directly to kids in need. Visit www.staplesforstudents.org to learn more.
- Shop at JCPenney stores now through August 31st and round your purchases to the next dollar to support JC Penney’s “Pennies from Heaven” campaign. Funds will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs to support after-school programs for kids. Click jcp.com/pennies for more information.
Keystone Teens Host Health Fair
Teen leaders-in-training from our Peoria/Wisotsky Branch and Louis & Elizabeth Sands Branch hosted a community health fair in Peoria on July 23, 2011. The Health Fair attracted more than 400 local residents and featured booths from dozens of local community resources, providing free services such as vision exams, sports physicals, nutrition information, and many other health-related topics. The Health Fair also gave free backpacks and school supplies to kids. Keystone Club teens from both branches were responsible for designing and implementing every aspect of the project, from contacting community organizations and collecting in-kind donations to coordinating logistics and providing refreshments.
Congratulations Juan Carlos, the FS Character Counts Kid of the Month
Beat the Heat at the Dog Days of Summer!
Escape the heat of summer and join MetrOrg for an afternoon of fun at the Dog Days of Summer event on Sunday, August 21st. Enjoy a sizzling summer BBQ, an entry into our great raffle and play in a FREE Texas Hold 'Em Tournament! The top 10 players will receive great prizes, including $1,000 for the 1st place winner. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to purchase tickets.
When: Sunday, August 21, 2011
Doors open 11:30AM Free tournament starts 1PM
Where: Graham Central Station
7850 South Priest Drive
Tempe, AZ 85284
Event Tickets: $50
Mutual of Omaha supports Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix
For many years, Mutual of Omaha has been a partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix. Their support helps ensure that every child receives a full range of life-changing programs and services at our Clubs. Thanks to their support, thousands of Phoenix and West Valley youth have a safe place to go and access to programs and services to help them become successful today and in the future. Thanks Mutual of Omaha!
After-School Programs Start This Month at all Branches!
Jerry Colangelo Branch-Program begins August 22nd
Warner A. Gabel Branch-Program begins August 3rd
I.G. Homes Branch-Program begins August 3rd
Jerry & Helen Wisotsky/Peoria Branch-Program begins August 15th
Ed Robson Family Branch-Program begins August 11th
Swift Kids Branch-Program begins August 1st
Woodrow C. Scoutten/Tolleson Branch-Program begins August 8th
Louis & Elizabeth Sands Branch-Program begins August 15th
Tri-City West/Thornwood Branch-Program begins August 8th
MLB All-Star D'Backs Branch: A Kieckhefer Family Legacy-Program begins August 1st
Harry & Sandy Rosenzweig Branch-Program begins August 8th
Spencer D. & Mary Jane Stewart Branch-Program begins August 10th
For more information please visit www.bgcmp.org