July 18th 2019
7:30 pm - Spring Creek Middle School
The following organizations have been nominated ...
Adoptive Families Coalition
Common Ground Outdoor Adventures
Spring Creek Middle School Speech and Debate
The following organizations have been selected (by drawing out of a hat) to be voted on at our April 2019 meeting. Representatives from each charity will give a five-minute presentation to the group prior to voting. We will then select one of the three to receive $100 from each or our members.
Speech & Debate
Jim and Jackie’s world was changed forever when they unexpectedly discovered the severe emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges of their adopted baby. They needed financial support for intensive therapeutic treatment, but after much searching the family soon realized that the funding they needed was non-existent. Through this experience, the Palmers determined there had to be a better way to get help— both for their own child and for other families going through the same struggles.
In 2012, they, along with like-minded visionaries, established Adoptive Families Coalition (AFC) to offer resources to families with post adoption challenges. In addition to financial assistance through their sponsorship program, AFC provides parent coaches, resource networking database, and support for families struggling to help their child heal from attachment and trauma.
Spring Creek Middle School is seeking private donations to cover busing costs for travel to compete against other schools in speech, debate, and mock trials events. Competition provides a way for students to extend their language arts skills of research, close reading, analytical and critical thinking, writing, and speaking in a way that is fun and engaging. While schools work hard to ensure every student learns and intervene well for struggling students, sometimes it is difficult to provide similar opportunities for growth to students who excel students who excel. Competition provides this opportunity and pushes students to work harder and do more than they otherwise would.
While the school has approved entry fees for competition, there are not funds available for travel.
Help support this effort to push students in their learning and help them learn how to disagree and still be agreeable in this world where respectful public discourse is ever diminishing.
Common Ground Outdoor Adventures' mission is to provide life-enhancing outdoor recreational opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities. We provide adaptive equipment and support, which enable people with disabilities to participate in outdoor recreation alongside their peers. These experiences reduce stereotypes, raise awareness, and empower people to realize their full potential. Our trips are not only accessible physically but also financially.
At our meeting, we voted for the Common Ground organization.
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