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  • Teaching to Give

    Interested in educating youth about the importance of philanthropy, the civil society sector, and civic engagement? Check out Learning to Give! Their website offers over 1,400 K-12 lessons and educational resources for teachers, parents, youth workers, faith groups and community leaders free of charge.

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  • Microvolunteering - the new trend

    Don't have an entire day to devote to volunteering- don't worry! makes it easy for busy people to give back. It's an entirely online form of volunteering that allows you to lend your professional skills whenever and wherever you have time. Whether you've got 10 minutes at the bus stop or an hour after school - we've got a nonprofit "challenge" for you. 

    While you're sitting around this summer (you know, in between beach trips and your part-time job and crafting facebook updates), why not use your skills for good by microvolunteering!  Visit and get started! 

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  • Applying for Grants for Builders Clubs

    Ben Franklin Builders Club applied and received two grants that give Indiana youths the opportunity to make their community a better place by partnering with a non-profit organization to complete a student-initiated community service project. Great job Ben Franklin BC!

    Comment below and share what grants have your clubs applied for and any advice you have for those that have never applied for a grant for their Builders Club before!

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  • Valley Forge Middle School BC partners with student council and PTO

    Students of Valley Forge Middle School packaged 10,000 meals for their contribution to the national campaign of Stop Hunger Now.

    “Our students had a fantastic time,” said Andrew Mullen, the school’s sixth-grade counselor and project organizer. “They felt a great sense of accomplishment and pride when all of the meals were finally packed.”

    According to Mullen, the middle-schoolers spent two hours Thursday after school putting together high-protein, dehydrated meals that will be used across the globe to aid children and families in crisis relief efforts, orphanages and school feeding programs in developing countries.

    The program became a collaborative effort involving the school’s Builders Club, student council and Parent Teacher Organization, Mullen said. The students involved through the school’s guidance department were asked to donate a minimum of $15 each to cover the cost of the meals. Together, the group raised more than $3,000.

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  • Sacred Heart Academy Stands Up Against Cancer

    Sacred Heart Academy students were challenged to raise $1,500 but surpassed the goal by raising $3,000. They presented a check to Julie Maxon who leads the Miles for Miracles event at West Intermediate School in Mt. Pleasant.  The SHA Builders Club, along with junior high teacher Lori Smith and club advisor Luanne Goffnett, organized the fundraising event.

    The day’s events included a slide show of testimonials from cancer survivors, calisthenics and interactive dances, a juggling act performed by science teacher Josh Taylor, and an acoustical guitar and vocals performance provided by Jordan Smith and freshman Katharine Janes.

    In addition, guest speaker Denise Terwilliger shared her family’s personal experience with cancer and the loss of their nine-month-old son, Brett.

    A representative from Heartland Hospice of Alma spoke about the importance of volunteering and led the students outside to do a balloon release in memory of all those who have lost their battle to cancer.

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