We would like to thank the many people that supported the PTA's Cosmic Bingo and Auction event that was held on Saturday, September 26. Countless local businesses and individuals made donations towards the auction. The auction is the main money maker for an event like this, so the generosity of the donors is integral to its success. Those in attendance opened up their wallets to play bingo, buy tickets, and bid on items. We are pleased to report a profit of $16,040.85 from the Cosmic Bingo fundraiser. Thank you to everyone involved for another very successful year!
The Bulldog Buddy Pavilion
In the Spring of 2014, Germantown Elementary School was awarded a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant. The grant project entailed utilizing our community resources to build a Bulldog Buddy pavilion for the youth of our town.
The idea behind this project started in 2012 when the school district initiated a student mentoring program called the Bulldog Buddy Program. Through this program, every student at Germantown is paired with another student in a different grade level. Numerous times throughout the school year, the students get with their buddy and participate in an organized activity that serves to build special bonds between and among students across all grade levels. The program’s purpose is four-fold: (1) To promote a positive start to school for new students by ensuring they have access to a familiar face within the school (2) To provide leadership and mentoring experience for junior high students (3) To promote the concept of thinking of the school as a “community” with ALL students (4) To emphasize a sense of belonging and promoting positive social interactions.
When writing for the grant, the mission of the project was to construct a place our “buddies” could go to read together, enjoy lunch together, play games together, and study together. The construction of the pavilion was intended to benefit the larger community as well. After school hours, the children and their families could utilize the pavilion while spending quality time together at our playground facility. Our ultimate goal was to work collaboratively with the community to build a structure that would be a meeting place for children and community members to engage in healthy, family oriented activities.
In April of this year, we broke ground on the project. Through the hard work of many, the Bulldog Buddy pavilion was erected in a matter of months and was ready for student use to start the new school year. A BIG thank you goes out to Mike Beer for serving as the project manager. The following individuals generously volunteered their time to assist with different phases of the project as well: Mike Eversgerd, Travis Schroeder, Curt Beer, Brandon Becker, and Carl Diesen. We were able to stay close to our budget of $5,000 because of generous donations made by three local businesses. Rehkemper and Son, Inc., donated the trusses, Engelmann Concrete Construction, Inc., donated the labor for pouring the concrete, and Lampe Backhoe donated the labor to dig the post holes. The finishing touches on the project were made possible by a grant from the Germantown Spassfest Committee. The committee approved the purchase of picnic tables and trash receptacles to be placed under the pavilion.
We are very grateful to all businesses, individuals, and organizations that played a role in taking our idea and making it a reality. The Bulldog Buddy Pavilion will serve as a meeting place for people young and old for many years to come.
The Great Kindness Challenge
Our first act of kindness this school year was a HUGE success. Thank you to the many people that participated in our 2K Walk for Juvenile Diabetes. Together, we raised over $1750 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Besides our walkers and donors, we would like to thank our sponsors, Germantown Grocers, the Kernel Nut Club, Robert Beggs, and S & L Produce. Your generosity is very much appreciated.
Stay tuned in the weeks to come for our next act of kindness as we continue to promote the Great Kindness Challenge in our school and community.
Please make note of the following upcoming important dates:
Friday, October 9 - SIP Day; 11:40 Dismissal
Monday, October 12 - No School; Columbus Day
Friday, October 16 - End of 1st Quarter
Tuesday, October 20 - Carlyle Dairy Queen Fundraiser for PTA
Wednesday, October 21 - Report Card Day
Wednesday, October 28 - Parent/Teacher Conferences; 3:30-7:00
Thursday, OCtober 29 - Parent/Teacher Conferences; 3:30-7:00
Friday, October 30 - No School; Teacher Institute