This month Guadalupe School was proud to recognize 14 families who went above and beyond on completing their required volunteer hours of 10 hours per semester. These families did well beyond the minimum requirement, and have become some of the strongest pillars of our organization, especially when it comes to the charter school.
Maricella, the parent volunteer coordinator, arranged for a breakfast catered by Even Stevens, and invited the front office staff, Guadalupe's executive director, and the charter school principal to be present for the honors. Each recognized individual or family received a certificate and a small gift as Guadalupe School's way of saying thank you for their over-achievement.
Adriana Lopez clocked in the most hours of all the parents, doing 207 hours in just one semester! Although her full-time job is at Guadalupe School, Adriana dedicates her off time to continuing her service to the organization, by reading with students and helping out in the After School program (You can learn more about Adriana's story by watching this video).
Laura Garcia came in second with 166 hours logged. She and her husband, Jonatan, help in her child's kindergarten class. Their son at first had a hard time adapting to full time school, so the whole family - mom, dad, and grandma - stepped in to help with the transition, alternating visiting the kindergarten class. To the teacher's delight, they have ended up helping the entire class in things like library time, computer lab time, art class, and physical education.
Elishia Barajas was the third highest ranking parent volunteer, having completed 104 hours during the semester. She spends at least one day a week helping the office staff make copies, flyers, and ice packs for the student health room. She helps to decorate the various school bulletin boards for different learning themes and holidays, and is someone Maricella feels like she can call for any last-minute help.
Guadalupe School's charter program would not be what it is without the investment of parents through their time, energy, and talents. Our organization is immensely grateful for the many, many volunteer hours put in by moms, dads, siblings, and grandparents. Thanks to them for their belief in the Guadalupe School mission, and their actions that speak volumes! We appreciate the volunteer efforts of our Guadalupe families and community members.
This month Guadalupe School made a tradition out of a fun and casual fundraising event by executing our Love Guadalupe Movie Night for the second year in a row! The event is held at Brewvies Cinema Pub, where we rent out a theater room for friends of Guadalupe, and sell tickets to a Valentines movie and extra entries for exciting prize drawings. The program began with a short rundown of Guadalupe School's mission to transform lives through education, accompanied with impressive statistics and facts about our five academic programs. This was followed by a short video of an inspirational Guadalupe School story, and drawings for several prizes including a Grizzlies hockey suite for 16 people and a $150 Top Golf gift certificate! The audience then enjoyed a hilarious viewing of an old Valentines classic, The Proposal.
The most impressive part of the night was the fundraising portion of the program. Thanks to movie ticket sales, prior donations, and prize entry sales, Guadalupe School had already made about $3,000 to put towards our five programs. However, after asking the audience to make any additional donations they felt they could contribute through our text-to-give service, we ended the event having made $4,672!
We are so incredibly grateful for the generosity of the many people who donated and participated in our movie night fundraiser. Lives truly will be transformed through the programs that your contributions support. THANK YOU!
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