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Georgetown Gives: School Supply Wish List

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is with this quote in mind that we are encouraging those who can give to help out those who are in need at Georgetown Elementary.  During this tough economic time in our nation we have all heard tales of those who have to get by on much less.  Getting by on less often means not being able to afford back to school supplies for many families.  If you can afford to give please feel free to check out the list of items we are in need of and send/bring in the items to school marked Georgetown Gives when we return to school.  Our goal is to provide every child in need the necessary back to school items to help them be a success at Georgetown Elementary.

“No Act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” -Aesop

Suggested list of supplies for donation:

  • composition books (black speckled cover bound, not spiral)
  • glue sticks
  • pencils
  • scissors
  • pencil box (8” x 5”)
  • pens (red and blue)
  • highlighter
  • Post-it notes (all sizes)
  • markers
  • colored pencils
  • backpacks (larger ones that can carry home snow clothes)
  • gift certificates to Meijers, Target, etc. OR store that sells gym (PE) shoes
  • GENTLY used backpacks and/or gym shoes

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Pink PantherThe school year has not even started and already, I have had two families contact me about their desire to organize service projects!  Georgetown is truly an incredible community of caring people.

This Sunday, I would like to tell you about one project organized by Ashley Tiesman, a 5th grader this coming school year.  You may recall that Ashley brought the school community together last year for PINK WEEK to raise money for Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The Foundation was so very impressed by her work as a then fourth grade student, that they made an exception to the age limit rule and are allowing her to Chair a Team for this year’s Race for the Cure! Ashley has established the team and it is called the Georgetown PINK PANTHERS.

We, Ashley and myself, would love to have as many Georgetown students, staff, family and friends join us in the race/walk for a cure on September 26, 2009.  There are three ways to participate:

  1. Join our TEAM by visiting PINK PANTHERS.  The cost is $23 per adult and $12 per child.  Each registrant receives a t-shirt.
  2. WALK with us without joining the team.  During these tough times, we know that not everyone can spend this kind of money.  We would feel honored to have you WALK with us and the hundreds of survivors and supporters during this incredible event.
  3. If you are not available to walk or join, please consider making a donation to our team.  We have a goal of $1,000, and believe with even small amounts from many we can make this amount.

Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Reagan

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Sharing Our Hair

In honor of Grace Thatcher, several of our students and staff grew their hair for one full year so that it could be CUT and DONATED to Covering Young Heads to Heal Young Hearts.  We honored each person with an all school assembly that included a countdown to the cutting of braids and pony tails.  You can read more about the event in the Grand Rapids Press article by Matt Vande Bunte.

Many thanks to Cheri Stacey and Susie Coxen who organized this event.  We also want to thank the following businesses for their support of this event:

Salon Nouveau and all the stylists who came to cut hair at the event.

Douglas J Institute who donated 17 free hair cuts and 3 pedicures.

New 4 U who donated 4 purses w/ earrings and three $10 gift certificates (a new re‑sale shop in downtown Hudsonville on next to Gemmen’s.

Shelby Styf
Jacki Marshall
Naomi Klooster
Kayla  Wolma
Becky Bart (Bauer Student)
Nicole Maleski
Linnea Conkel
Victoria Walter
Grace Doty
Sydnea Dandurand
Hope Assink
Elizabeth Ball
Maddie Baar
Brianna Smith
Dakota Brower (BMS)
Sydney Segard
Chloe Patrick

Char Greenland
Stephanie Morningstar
Sherri Orell

Donation Recognition:
Olivia Volpe
Taylor Wieringa
Sydney Wieringa
Kristin Huyser (adult)
Daniel Maleski
Madison Jones
Riley Boss
Jessica Droese-Garcia
Kate Stacey
MacKenzie Lyons
Cheri Stacey (adult)
Krista Lawrence (adult)
Susie Coxen  (adult)
Cindy Roerig  (adult)
Kari King   (adult)
Maria Maldonado

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Help the Brownies Help Kids

Hudsonville Brownie Troop #2955 has adopted Kids Food Basket as their chosen charity for 2009-2010.   This group of third grade girls represents students from both Alward Elementary and Georgetown Elementary.
Our contact at Kids Food Basket has told us that they are in dire need of 100% juice boxes!  Our troop would like to help so we are asking you for your help!   Please consider donating either juice boxes or gift cards to purchase juice boxes.

Kids Food Basket provides nearly 1,600 sack suppers to over hungry children from 16 area schools EVERY SCHOOL DAY!  And there are 17 local schools on the waiting list. Each sack supper costs just 86 cents, or $140 per child per school year!   Your donation can make an incredible difference!  Thank you for your consideration.

Please place JUICE BOXES in labeled box in the front lobby.

Hudsonville Brownie Troop #2955
Troop Leader: Amy Swietzer
Project Leader: Elly Bainbridge, 616.662.0121

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Spring Service Project Update

Many of you have contributed to the Shereda Family’s Spring Service Project. So far, we have received $200 in gift cards to local groceries stores.  These gift cards are being used to keep all classroms stocked with snacks for children who do not have a mid-morning treat from home.  We also received a generous donation of $100.00 from the creators of the Kingdom Assignment, Leesa and Denny Bellesi. This money is being used to pay for student lunches–a small way to help families who do not qualify for free lunch.  Thank you to EVERYONE who has made a donation toward this incredible spring service project.

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Covering Young Heads Service Project

Many, many students and parents have volunteered to participate in Georgetown’s service project, “Covering Young Heads to Heal Young Hearts”, a tribute to Grace Thatcher.  On Monday, May 18th, an all school assembly will be held at  2:30pm to honor your this grand gesture of donating hair for young cancer victims.  A local salon, Salon Nouveau, as well as other licensed stylists will be present and will cut and/or style the volunteer students.  To view a list of those donating hair, visit our PTC blog.