It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
This year, TCAPS has received an increased amount of requests for winter gear and other items. Area businesses, organizations and individual donors have offered incredible help in these times of need.
Student being sized for boots.
Boots For Kids has donated 762 boots to 17 agencies in the five county area including 215 to TCAPS students this year. Each year Don Schmuckal, Boots For Kids Chairman, and Bill Golden, owner of Golden Shoes, lead the charge in measuring and fulfilling the need for boots for as many kids as they possibly can. TCAPS is very grateful for their long-standing support of our students.
Hagerty Insurance Youth Advocacy Coordinator Rachel Flynn, Affinity Communications Manager Tabetha Hammer, Vice President of Public Relations Jonathan Klinger, and Eastern Elementary School Principal Biz Ruskowski.
Hagerty Insurance delivered gifts to 100 students in need. In addition to these generous gifts donated by a Hagerty staff member, Hagerty Insurance matched each gift with a $25 Target gift card.
Numerous individuals also responded with donations for families this holiday season. From new coats and sneakers to snow boots, snow pants and gas cards. Jamie Bredahl was happy to respond to the call. "I'm from the area and I know how hard it can be for families to make ends meet, especially during the winter. This city is littered with kind, deserving people, and I am happy to help and hope the student who received the coat and shoes loved them.” The Avis family also joined in the giving spirit by donating gas cards to support the TCAPS Students In Transition Empowerment Program (STEP) and additional items to benefit the preschool program. "When our littlest learners have accidents, it is so nice for the schools to have access to clean replacement clothing. This gift of new underpants and many pairs of blue jeans from the Avis family is so wonderful," said Partner In Education Coordinator Karyn Hertel.
A heart-filled thank you to all who helped a student in need this season! Anyone interested in supporting a student in need, please contact Karyn Hertel at email@example.com.
Matching gift programs are an extension of corporate philanthropy designed to support employee charitable giving. The impact this additional gift makes is tremendous for our schools.
West Senior High School Band Director Rachel Linsmeier with band student Alyssa Foley.
For the past three years, Mike and Mary Foley have generously contributed $1,000 annually to the Traverse City West Senior High School band program. This gift is matched 2-to-1 by Mike's employer, Shell Oil Company, through their matching gift program. To date, the band program has received $9,000 due to the Foley family's generosity and corporate match. "Mary and I are very pleased to be able to support the wonderful music program led by Rachel at West Senior High," said Mike Foley.
"The Foley Family's generosity is astounding," said West Band Director Rachel Linsmeier. "Keeping a band operating is an expensive endeavor, and their yearly gift has been an incredible asset to our program. Because of the Foleys we have been able to purchase new instruments and repair the instruments that need it. We can buy new music for our three concert bands, two jazz bands, and marching band to play each year. We are able to participate in performance opportunities that need busing and entrance fees and raise the level of experience and opportunity for all of our students because of it. The Foleys even offered a scholarship for students to travel to Hawaii for a performance who otherwise would not have been able to afford it. Their gift has been the wind in our sails in many ways. We are endlessly grateful for their donations and Shell's matching effort."
It is TCAPS' hope that others who are inspired to give this holiday season consider supporting the TCAPS classroom or program that they are most passionate about, like the Foley family, and ask their employer if they have a matching gift program to make an even greater impact. To make a gift, go to www.tcaps.net/pie or contact Partner In Education Coordinator Karyn Hertel at 231.933.5654 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving a “STEP” Up
Thank you to Resurrection Life Church for their generous donation to TCAPS' Students in Transition Empowerment Program (STEP). STEP Director Abby Jordan was invited by Pastors Tony and Bob to make a presentation to the congregation about the program and the most pertinent, unmet needs of TCAPS students experiencing homelessness. As a result, STEP has received over $20,000 in winter clothing, 70 duffle bags filled with clothing, toiletries, etc. and, most recently, 100 backpacks filled with school supplies and personal items totaling more than $5,000 in value. This offering of kindness and resources helps to remove some of the barriers to learning to those who need it most.
2016 UpNorth Media TC Turkey Trot Sets New Record
Runners getting ready for the 2016 Traverse City Turkey Trot.
This year’s 9th Annual TC Turkey Trot was the largest yet with 2,865 participants! “These numbers are so impressive, especially when compared to Grand Rapids 24th Annual Trot which set their own record this year with 2,000 runners. They have a metropolitan population of over 1 million people so that says so much about our community and its love for all the great things that happen in our town,” said Partner In Education Coordinator Karyn Hertel.
TCAPS Learning, Enrichment and Athletics Program is a beneficiary of the run, again receiving $10,000 this year. In addition to the financial contribution, participants donated a large amount of toiletries and non-perishable items to benefit the TCAPS Students in Transition Empowerment Program pantry. “We are grateful to all of the Trot participants who supported the pantry drive. It’s a very busy time of year and to do this extra donation is completely heartwarming,” said STEP Director Abby Jordan.
Thank you to all participants, volunteers and sponsors for another wonderful event!
TCAPS Partner In Education Program: An opportunity to support schools, teachers, programs, teams and clubs!
The TCAPS Partner In Education (PIE) program works to connect community members, businesses and organizations to our schools through sponsorships, financial contributions, in-kind donations or givebacks. Your sponsorship or donation can benefit the school, teacher, program, team or club of your choice. Sponsor space is available at all TCAPS schools, Thirlby Field stadium and electronically via our e-newsletter. Contact Karyn Hertel at 231.933.5654 | email@example.com or visit www.tcaps.net/PIE to learn more.
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