Give Back : Help Kids To Set Their Eyes On College : Give a Shirt!

Jen
I just received this wonderful email on behalf of a local school.  If you don’t have time to read it all skip to the last paragraph.  Very cool!  Pay it forward! (PS. DON’T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR OUR GIVE AWAY!!! We will draw a winner on Friday!!)
 
So – I have unique opportunity for all of you that will not be possible without your help!  I just started working with a local elementary school in Lafayette, Colorado called  Alicia Shanchez Elementary School.  This is not your average elementary school…most of the kids that attend this school will not go on to graduate high school let alone go to college…that was until recently.  Sanchez elementary hired a lady to come in to give these kids and their families hope…she has taken kids from broken homes, kids that had no reason to want to learn, kids that don’t have coats, shoes, etc to wear, kids that were continually late or just never showed up and has given them reason to want to come to school by creating incentive programs with awards.  She has created an environment to get the parents involved with the school where as before, only a very small percentage of parents would even enter the school.  Bottom line – she has taken an elementary school that was filled with despair and she has filled it with hope!  Now she needs our help!!!
 
Here is where you come in…a high percentage of the kids come from homes where college is not even in their vocabulary…most of them would never dream of being able to attend college..until now!  What we would like to do for these kids is present them with a COLLEGE T-Shirt (any college is fine!) at the end of the school year.  We would like to at least plant a seed in them that college is an attainable goal and we feel this could be the first step to planting the seed.  Most, if not all of the kids that attend Sanchez could be the FIRST in their family to graduation high school and go on to college.  We want these kids to know that even though their circumstances may make it seem impossible to attend college, it is not impossible!!!
 
So – with all that said – we need about 320 college t-shirts.  The size doesn’t really matter except we will probably need a lot of small and mediums since these are elementary school kids.  Our goal is to present EACH and EVERY kid with a college t-shirt on the last day of school.  I have just a little over 250 people on this e-mail list, so if everyone will send me ONE college t-shirt (they can be in gently used condition) and then if you have friends that want to get involved…we will be able to make this happen!!!!!
 
So – I would love for you to be a part of this.  If you would like…please mail a t-shirt to the following address or if you live around the Broomfield area, I can arrange to pick it up!
 
Tawni Mansur

620 Lotus Way
Broomfield, CO 80020

 
I need to collect all of the t-shirts by the end of April!  Please let me know if you have any questions about this or would like more information on the school.
 
Thank you!!!
 
Here is a fun way for us to get to know each other better!  Leave us a comment on this post answering the following questions.
Let us know if you are going to send a shirt! 
From which college? 
Why did you choose that college?
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Comments

  1. Cool idea!

  2. I work at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. I will stop by the campus bookstore and pick up a t-shirt for your collection. They carry kids sizes so I'll try to get one to fit an elementary school child. This is a great idea! Glad to help. I just stumbled upon your blog recently and decided to check back today and saw this post.
    –Sue

  3. Thanks Sue!

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