Thank you for all the CHIP IN support since the August 2016 start of the school year. Together we have accomplished a lot! Take a look at our school year in review:
CHIP IN has funded several PROGRAMS to help our students:
*After school mentor program at 4 elementary schools with BHS students as mentors and 2 staff members at each school. Students get 1 on 1 attention from a BHS student to help with homework and then play in the gym, once a week, all year. Number of students participating:
HCS: Starting in January, estimated at least 20
*After school math tutoring help at RMS, once a week, all year- 31 students are being helped.
*We partnered with Batavia United Way to fund a program at BHS and RMS and between both schools, over 20 students are receiving additional social/emotional support for issues related to anxiety, depression and substance abuse.
******************************************************************** CHIP IN has funded or coordinated help for the following INDIVIDUAL student needs: *Mad Science program after school for 3 students
*Purchased new shoes, boots, coats and clothes for many students and provided gift cards for specific family nees when requested by school counselors
*Cheerleading fees for 6 low income RMS students
*Shared car repair expense with a church and family
*Paid for glasses for BHS student (normally LIons Club does this at no charge; but was needed fast)
*On multiple occasions, CHIP IN volunteers have collected clothes - even Halloween costumes - from the Clothes Closet and delivered to families without transportation. We have delivered for the Food Pantry in emergency situations as well.
*The Birthday in a Bag project was born and BDay bags are regularly delivered to AGS, HCS, LWS, HWS and JBN....thanks to all the volunteers and groups who are organizing Birthday Bag service projects.
* Partnered with Batavia Food Pantry to provide snacks for after school math mentor program at RMS, and to have on hand for BHS students
*Helped with emergency medicine for mom
* Boy scout fees for 2 elementary students
*Rent Scholarships for 3 families movng from homelessness; arranged for furniture deliveries, decorated, and paid for items ito be released from storage. Gave them all
Welcome baskets filled with supplies from cleaning items to screwdrivers and flashlights.
*Funded cost for ACT scores to be sent to 4 colleges for BHS student with a bright future!
*Donated food and picked up food from food pantry for family dealing with medical problems
*CHIP IN funded busing for 9 students to attend ECC (Early Childhood Center) at ECC (parents pay part)
*Basketball shoes for 2 team members
*Paid for 1/3 of cost for 1 year of karate for elementary student to help with behavior and confidence
*Pace bus passes for parents and students to get to work, doctor appointments, shopping and rehab
*Shopped for medical supplies for single mom with emergency
*Helped find a home for 2 cats while family dealt with medical concerns
*Tumbling classes for a cheer student
*Field trip expense for Orchestra student and clothes required for Show Choir
*Helped with cost of RMS ski trip
*Coordinated furniture/move for new family and school backpacks mid-year
*Donated laptop computer to mom so she can work at home and be with her kids
*LOTS AND LOTS of school backpacks and school supplies!
A wonderful story!
On December 19th we received a call from a single Mom who called on behalf of her 2 children,hoping we could round up a Christmas tree and decorations in time for the holiday. In setting up the delivery of a tree provided by an adopt a family sponsor, we found the apartment had bunk beds for the kids, a blow up mattress for Mom and a TV. They had been in the apartment for 9 months yet did not have a sofa, chairs for kitchen table or other basic necessities. The Sponsor rallied her friends, other feelers were put out and by the end of the day, the apartment was furnished, Mom had a bed, linens & enough groceries to last a month. One generous donor provided a Kohl's gift card and one of the volunteers offered to take Mom shopping for shoes for all three. The Winkle Family and our Batavia Fire Department moved all the furniture in and everyone left with the girls happily decorating their new tree and excited to make banana pudding! Thank you to all who participated - in mere hours, this family was given hope and a clean start for the new year!
Three more Welcome Baskets for families moving from homelessness!
Above photos:Book drive by Andrea Lukas for our elementary schools to hand out to students!
Woodman's Fresh Produce Bags - 5 ladies made 99 bags for CHIP IN to donate to families being adopted for Christmas by Batavia United Way.
And, our awesome BHS students spending quality time mentoring our great elementary students.
Pictures of our wonderful Batavia girl scouts making stockings for Batavia United Way adopt a family.
BATAVIA UNITED WAY ADOPT A FAMILY
Thank you to all who supported the Batavia United Way Adopt a Family Project. 94 families were matched with Sponsors who shopped for them from wish lists. Gift card donations and cash donations offset the expense of some our larger families and Batavia United Way is grateful to BYB, BWIB and the many individuals, groups and businesses for providing both! Batavia United Way has partnered with Batavia Public Schools on Adopt A Family for 12 years. For the third year, the following organizations have added specific items for each family.
Batavia Woman’s Club!!! Over 230 Christmas stockings were made with items donated by family groups, neighborhood groups, local dental offices, Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, and CHIP IN donors. Stockings were assembled by girl scouts from HWS, GMW, AGS, JBN, and RMS, and members of Batavia Woman's Club and by our fabulous BHS student volunteers. Transportation of all items was provided by BHS Interact Club. Nan Phillips organized the Christmas Stocking project for the 3rd year! Thank you!
CHIP IN - We have used cash donations from the year to fund $1000 worth of groceries for this project. Since Batavia United Way can tell us the day families will pick up, we can pre-order fresh produce and bread from Woodman's so that it is perfect and fresh on pick up day. Ann Watson organized this project for 2 years and this year, the amazing Cindy Morgan and friends filled 100 bags of groceries and transported them to Louise White School for family pick up day.
ADOPT A BAG - last but not least, just under 100 bags of "essentials" were donated by CHIP IN supporters who wanted to make a contribution to this holiday project. BYB dropped off a few dozen bags and the rest came from those of you who saw the request on our facebook page and offered to assist.
Thank you to the "village" that made this project so successful and provided a Merry Christmas to so many.
Twelve BPS101 students had the chance to “Shop With a Cop” (or Batavia Fireman) at the Batavia Walmart. The annual Shop With a Cop event is organized by Batavia Police Officer Chris Potthoff to help families with holiday gifts. The students were paired up with a Batavia Police Officer or Batavia Fireman to help them select gifts for themselves and family members. The gifts were then wrapped by volunteers from CHIP IN at "check out." Based on the big smiles, the event was a big success and created special memories for these BPS101 students and their families. Thank you Batavia Police, Batavia Fire Department, Anne Rudd for organizing volunteers and gift wrapping, and BPS101's Amy Nelson! A HUGE thank you to Officer Potthoff and his great kids, and his fellow officers and Firemen. And a HUGE thank you to Crystal and Walmart....her staff did a fabulous job getting everything set up with snacks, a craft table and a whole area just for the kids and families. We have the best town EVER, and the best police and fire departments...filled with caring, compassionate people. THANK YOU!!