Wednesday, November 11, 2009

An Exciting Development!!!

Guess what? I've talked to the school secretary and nurse several times over the past few weeks about starting a program that pairs up able families with needy families at our school for holiday and seasonal items. I've participated in this kind of thing at other schools, and it's been wonderful. They really weren't interested, and used the excuse that it couldn't be done due to privacy concerns.

SO, since I'm also the PTA VP, I took it to the PTA meeting on Monday night, broached my idea and how it would be run, and what do you know? The principal was there, and thought it sounded good, and everyone was totally on board!

So I'm going to run it myself! HA!

I wrote up two letters, one for Participant families (ie families in need) and Supporters (donating families), detailing the project. I made up a spreadsheet for the participant families to fill out with their kids' names, clothing needs and sizes, what books and authors they like, and toys they would enjoy having. I stressed to the supporting families that they would be able to anonymously help children that sit beside their own kids at lunch, and that at school events, they would actually be in the building with families whose lives they have personally improved.

The school secretary (who is a very nice person, just not into starting things, I think) is going to distribute my participant invitation letter to the children whose names appear on the Thanksgiving basket list (PTA gives food baskets to needy families each year), and the ones who are interested will return it by next Friday. The following Monday, a Supporter letter will go home with every child at the school, telling anyone who is interested in supporting a family to call me and I'll match them up with families, whose names will be removed and replaced with numbers (ie, Smith family with Jenny,8, and Jacob,5, will be replaced with Family 104-8G and Family 104-5B). They will then shop, and in Dec there will be an evening where I will accept donations from 5:30-7, and hand them back out 7:30-8:30. I will be the only one who will have the list of participants' names, and only myself and one or two other people will be at the school accepting and handing out.

I am SO EXCITED. This is going to be GREAT!

11 comments:

Which Box said...

Wow. That is really really impressive. What a great thing to do.

creative kerfuffle said...

that is awesome astarte! yeah for you for starting that. our elementary does that each year and it's pretty cool.

d e v a n said...

Go you!

Hotch Potchery said...

Good for you!!!

Cherish said...

Thats a really great thing you are doing for those families! And good for you for not taking no for an answer

LoriD said...

What a thoughtful project you have taken on. Our city does a similar 'Adopt-a-family' program. The kids' school usually adopts about 5 families and we adopt 2 families through work. The kids really get into it.

Not Your Aunt B said...

KUDOS to you! That is AWESOME.

desperate housewife said...

I am so impressed that you took on this project along with the whole PTA thing and being in school and everything! You have such a big heart, even when you totally would have plenty of excuses to not want to take on another project right now. I love this idea.

Shelly Overlook said...

You're amazing. I mean, it isn't as if you didn't have anything else going on. Karma will be smiling on you.

Swistle said...

What a fun idea!

Nowheymama said...

You amaze me with all you do. Good job!