Prom Dress 2019 Collection and Giveaway 

Shop with a Cop 2018 Another Fun Experience!

24 BPS101 students recently had the chance to “Shop With a Cop” (or Batavia firefighter) at the Walmart Batavia - N Randall Rd. The annual "Shop With a Cop" event is organized by Batavia Police Officer Chris Potthoff and Chip In Batavia  to help families in need with holiday gifts. The students were paired up with a Batavia police officer or Batavia firefighter to help them select gifts for themselves and family members. The gifts were then wrapped by volunteers at "check out." Anne Rudd organized all the volunteers and all wrapping materials to wrap every gift and label them, too! Also during the event, families were treated to cookies and juice, compliments of Walmart. The event was a big success and created special memories for these BPS101 students and their families. Thank you Batavia Police Illinois, Batavia Fire Department,  the great volunteers and Walmart.

A successful move into a new home!

Together with St. Vincent de Paul, ReHome Center, Abbey Farms, Furniture Dollies, many donations, volunteers, 3 Batavia football players, Batavia United Way Adopt a Family, and our awesome community, we helped move a family out of a motel and into their own home.  We are thrilled to see them start new adventures in their own home.

 

 

 

 

Jackie Rakers and Abbey Farms Deliver 5 Trees and ALL the trimmings, and More!

Batavia High School and Aurora University graduate Jackie Rakers just made the holidays extra special for five BPS101 families.

Jackie worked with Boy Scout Troop 12 to get Christmas trees to five BPS101 families in need. Additionally, Jackie coordinated with local vendors and individual donors to make sure each family had a tree stand, tree skirt, lights, ornaments, several gifts for under the tree, and gift cards from ALDI.

Thank you to the donors: Batavia Bulldog Plumbing, BEI, West DuPage Cabinets and Granite, Boyce Body Werks and ALDI!

Thank you Jackie, for putting this all  together to brighten five homes in our community this holiday season.

    Spirit Corner donates lots of Spirit Wear!

 Johnni Zabka, from Spirit Corner, has kindly donated over $1500 worth of spirit wear and PE shirts to CHIP IN!  From hoodies, to short and love sleeve shirts, glitter t-shirts for little girls, and everything in between.  Thank you so very much Johnni, for donating year after year.  Please visit SpiritCorner whenever you want spirit wear, team apparel, camp wear or clothes with bling!  They have it all.  www.spiritcorner.com

 

BIRTHDAY IN A BAG---PROJECT FOR INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS

 

For those who want to get involved with a project, we can use your help!  Birthday in a Bag.  These are bags of treats for students to help them enjoy a birthday party on their special day.  HWS is the mail school  supporting this, and will distribute bags to the students.   We are looking for donations of any item on the flyer, or complete bags, labeled for a boy or girl, and can have a theme if you choose...please label what the theme is. (We do have people who have offered to put together complete bags, decorations and all, if anyone wants to donate individual items to them....just email us!)  We hope this is a fun project to work on, and we know it will be a fun gift for our kids to receive.  Thank you! Please email Sue Bauer at susanbauer26@gmail.com. 

BIRTHDAY IN A BAG!

 

Some helpful hints from those who have made several:
*bright colors  with simple treat bags work for boys and girls 
 
*Suggestions for boys-  Sports, super heroes, cars/trucks/trains, Star Wars
 
*Animal themes work for boys and girls. i.e.,  Dory is an easy one right now, too.
 
Regarding treat bags:
 
Clear cello treat bags are nice - can package cups, flatware and decorations in them. 
 
Ribbon for treat bags would be helpful.  ideas that might be utilitarian.....activity books, stickers, key chains, books, craft kits, markers, squeezy apple sauce, juice boxes, etc....

 

School Supplies 

 

Thank you so much for your generous donations for the start of the 2018/19 school year!  CHIP IN purchased pre made supply boxes, and BPS101 purchased some too with Title One funds.  We also received many generous donations of school supplies and backpacks.  Over 200 students received school supplies.   Parents were so grateful...tears and hugs, and smiles...THANK YOU!!!!!  

Welcome Home Baskets all ready to go!  

With the help of BHS Cheer team for the 3rd year, we collected oodles of items to make Welcome Home Baskets to give families when they move into their own home. Thank you Louise VonHoff for your work and creativity to make these!  They include:

A shower curtain and liner, laundry basket, set of towels and wash cloths, hooks for shower curtain, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, laundry soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dish soap, dish towels, dish wash cloths, hammer and nails, measuring tape, coupon from Pal Joey;s for a free pizza for the family, and more!  Thank you Cheer Team and Pal Joey's!

 

Bikes for Batavia

The Batavia Bicycle Commission works with several  groups to distribute donated bicycles to local students and families in need.  We also help other local service agencies, such as Lazarus House. CHIP IN and The Batavia Rotary Club  donated money in 2015, and Batavia Rotary Club donated $1,000 again in 2018, to get the progam started and to purchase needed bike parts and locks. The funds went toward the cost of inspections and repairs to get the donated bikes in working order and into the hands of the students/families.    The Commission works with CHIP IN Batavia to identify students/families with input from BPS principals, counselors and staff.  All Spoked Up is the drop off point for donated bikes.  They inspect, repair and fit each bike to its intended recipient.  Many local organziations such as the Batavia Woman's ClubImmanuel Lutheran Church and CHIP IN Batavia have helped to get the word out about the need for donated bikes.    Please contact the Batavia Bicycle Commission or CHIP IN Batavia with any questions.  They would love any donations of bikes in rideable condition, helmets and locks.  We also take training wheels, and bikes for special needs.  Thank you to Delnor Hospital for donating helmets in all sizes. 

 

So far the Bikes for Batavia prgram has distributed over 300  bikes to BPS101 students and  adults whose only transportation to work is a bicycle  We have worked with St. Vincent de Paul,  Lazarus House and ReHome Center to give bikes to people in other towns. If we get bikes that can not be fixed, we donate them to Working Bikes in Chicago, who fix/build bikes to send around the world to underdeveloped countries.

 

We are always looking for individuals, groups, churches, service agencies...anyone who wants to help!! You can always email us at chipinbatavia@gmail.com

 

Want to Chip In?

For more information or to volunteer, fill out our contact form.

 

CHIP IN Batavia

c/o Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence

P.O. Box 1003

Batavia, IL  60510

 

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and email us at:

info@chipinbatavia.org

We help families move from temporary housing to their own apartments, provide  clothing,  school supplies and many other individualized things to help a student succeed. We help students and their families  on a case by case basis to make sure students are ready and excited to learn and thrive.We work directly with BPS101 to help with mentor projects and other activities that help students on free/reduced lunch or who are in temporary housing.

For information on how to participate, please contact us.

Please see our News and Events page for an update on all the accomplishments we have made together!!

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Bikes for Batavia:

 

 TO DATE, WE HAVE GIVEN AWAY OVER 300 BIKES!!!!

We need CHILD AND  ADULT  bicycles that are in rideable condition- All Spoked Up repairs them for kids and adults who need a bike.  Thank you Batavia!!  We can also use  locks and and  new helmets, training wheels too--If you have any of these, please drop them off at All Spoked Up, 3 Webster St., Batavia.  We are working with All Spoked Up, and the Batavia Bicycle Commission. They are given to students and adults in need of transporation for school, work  and shopping.  CHIP IN helps identify students in need and contributes funds for repairs.  THANK YOU!

 

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