Tuesday, October 28, 2008

November 2008
Yard Sale for St. Mary's Food Bank

In November we cleaned out our closets for the holidays and sold toys, clothes and anything else we could find to raise money and buy turkeys and provide cash for St. Mary's Food Bank. Food banks are hurting right now. Because of the economy, donations are down, but the need is growing. We helped!

Our five hour sale raised $1,010 for St. Mary's! We delivered 12 turkeys to the St. Mary's Food Bank and turned in nearly $900 in cash donations! Items remaining after the sale were donated to Interfaith Cooperative Ministries (many bags of useful men's, women's, and children's shoes and clothing) and Goodwill of Arizona (lots of useful household items and furnishings).

Thanks to all of the Arcadia Kids families for their donations of sale items, time, and money to make this event a HUGE success. And thanks, also, to Prince of Peace church for providing tables, space, and support for the sale. It was a lot of work over two long days, but the outcome was worth it. Every dollar donated provides enough for seven meals. Our cash donation will feed over 6,000 people in our community, and our turkeys will be the main course for many this holiday season.


Monday, September 15, 2008

September 2008
Arcadia Kids "Kick-Off" Shoe Drive

Welcome to another year of Arcadia Kids!

To kick off our year, we held a get-to-know-you event on Sunday, Sept. 28 at the R&G Ranch. At the "kick off" event, we collected over 150 pairs of new and gently used shoes for Interfaith Cooperative Ministries! ICM provides basic services to the inner-city needy. We have partnered with them many times in the past, and they very much appreciate our help.

At the event we heard from Gene Dadamo, who is in charge of community relations for The Arizona Republic. He spoke to the kids about ways they can help the community and engaged them in a discussion about what they'd like to do in the coming year. Gene is an inspirational leader who is also beginning a weekly newspaper column on ways to give back.

Thanks to everyone that participated and brought shoes for ICM! Our next event will be on November 14/15. Check back soon for details.


Friday, May 09, 2008

May 2008
Movies for a Movie - Sponsored by Harkins Theatres

We teamed up with Harkins Theatres for our final event the school year -- Movies for a Movie.

Harkins Theatres generously donated a special screening of Speed Racer (PG) on May 29th at Scottsdale Fashion Square. We used this screening to collect new and gently used DVD movies for Phoenix Children's Hospital. If you've ever had a child in the hospital, you know what a great diversion a movie can be.

Arcadia Kids volunteers collected DVDs at school and handed out movie tickets. The DVDs were presented to Phoenix Children's the day of the movie. We are pleased to report that collected and donated 350 DVDs -- execeeding our goal of 300 DVDs. PCH was very grateful for the donation. One of the items most requested by kids in the hospital is a movie to watch.

Thank you for your support, donations, and attendance at the movie screening. And a huge thank you to Dan Harkins for his very generous donation. Mr. Harkins made a personal appearance at our event to thank the kids for their hard work and show his support for our Arcadia community schools.

If you are interested in receiving a copy of the DVD slideshow presented before the movie, which contained pictures of the various Arcadia Kids events this past year, please send an email to Brad Hartman, bhartman@stinson.com.


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

March 2008
Book Drive and Food Drive

On March 21st, Arcadia Kids held a Book Drive to benefit All-Star Kids Tutoring and a Scavenger Hunt for non-perishable food to benefit St. Mary's Food Bank. The kids donated their own new or gently used books and then divided into teams and went door-to-door in the neighborhood collecting non-perishable food items to fill emergency food boxes. The competitive spirit was there, and the kids had a great time running up and down the streets collecting food for a worthy cause. Thanks to the Durchslag, Slade & Miller families for planning and hosting the event -- and to all of the neighbors who contributed!

All-Star Kids Tutoring

All-Star Kids Tutoring (http://www.askt.org/) provides free of charge, one-on-one volunteer literacy tutoring to elementary school students struggling to master basic reading skills. The students are predominately from low-income homes, and are unlikely to receive this much needed one-on-one reading instruction elsewhere. According to ASKT, the most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to printed materials. Yet, recent studies discovered that 61% of low-income families own no books for their children.

As a means of addressing these concerns, once a month every student in the ASKT program receives a free, new book to take home. All-Star Kids Tutoring also distributes gently used books to students at Family Literacy Nights. We would like our Arcadia Kids to consider donating a few books from their own collections so that ASKT children can develop not only their reading skills, but also a real joy for reading. Chances are, if you liked the story, the ASKT children will too!

St. Mary's Food Bank

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance (http://www.firstfoodbank.org/) serves 13 of Arizona's 15 counties. On September 1, 2005, the Alliance was created with the merging of two major food banks, St. Mary's Food Bank and Westside Food Bank. The merger allowed the new Food Bank to have a deeper reach into the community, getting more food to more people. The Food Bank is committed to providing food to Arizonans in need through more than 900 partner agencies throughout the state. These agencies serve a wide range of clients, the majority of those being families with children and seniors. The community can support the Food Bank in a variety of ways, donating time, money or food. Contributions are used efficiently and wisely; every dollar donated provides enough for seven meals. And, of each dollar, 96 cents goes directly towards programs. Volunteers donated more than 300,000 hours of their time last year so the food banks could distribute enough food for 221,000 meals every day.


Friday, February 01, 2008

February 2008
Liberty Wildlife

The Selthuns and Ridleys headed up February's Arcadia Kids service project. They chose Liberty Wildlife as our charity and invited third and fourth graders who attend Club 34 at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church to join us in raising money for this non-profit group that helps injured, ill and orphaned birds and animals.

About 15 children attended the event. Two volunteers (Peggy andCraig) from Liberty Wildlife used Bailey, a 22-year-old turkey vulture, and Hedwig the owl (age and birthplace unknown) to educate Arcadia Kids and Club 34 members about how to respect and preserve birds like them living in Arizona. The children were able to see the birds up close and ask lots of questions. Peggy also told the children what they could do to help birds in the wild, and pointed out dangers like balloons and pop can plastic holders, which could kill or injure wildlife.

A Read-a-Thon form (available here: Read.doc) was sent to each member to gather pledges from sponsors and to record 20 minutes of reading each night for two weeks. Our goal was to raise at least $250, the cost of a Raptor Sponsorship, which would provide one year of care for Hedwig the Great Horned Owl or another raptor at the facility. The Read-a-Thon raised a total of $146 in donations. Other donations brought the total up to $300, $50 more than our goal of $250 to sponsor Hedwig the Owl's care for a year!

We also received some donated supplies, including:
  • strawberry baskets to house orphaned baby birds
  • legal envelopes
  • paper towels
  • manila envelopes
  • scotch tape
  • stapler pack (stapler, staples & staple remover)
Thanks to the Selthuns and Ridleys for planning this educational event and helping Arizona wildlife!


January 2008
Recycling Project

On January 31st a group of Arcadia Kids helped empty all of the recycle bins from individual classroms at Hopi Elementary School into the large recycling container out front. Thanks to all who came and lugged the containers back and forth accross the compus. Special thanks to the Pimsner family for organizing and supervising the event.


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