Sunday, August 23, 2009

One year anniversary!

SOS crossed a huge milestone yesterday! We celebrated our one year anniversary!

And what a year it has been! We have 150 teachers on our site who have created Supply Lists. We have sent out supplies to almost 4,000 students. That's an average of 10 students per day who we have helped!

We couldn't have done it without our fabulous teachers who care so much for their students. Like Ms H in Oklahoma who writes this inspiring note:

I am a special education teacher for students 9th though 12th, in a high-need community. Sadly, being both impoverished as well as deserving special services are two strikes against against the students that I come in contact with everyday. Not only do they come from homes that barely make it everyday. Most of the students that I teach have to work just to help at home and the little extras like pencils and pens are not included in their expenses. My students do not have the ability to pay for the necessary items needed in the classroom, therefore many times to save face they just will not come to school. The help that you give not only changes my life, but the life of many students. Many students that otherwise would not have the means to do well in school remove out. Just think your donation could be the reason that just one student stayed in and completed school!

And, we couldn't have made it this far without our fabulous donors. Like Michele E. who buys supplies for other children when her own child gets presents. And Dorli B. who buys supplies in honor of her mother. And Brenda B. who buys supplies for kids just because.

And, we couldn't have done it without our great team. Pooja Sharma, who has built a most beautiful and elegant website for Supply Our Schools; Devika Gupta, who signed on to be a director based solely on her belief in our mission; Jodi Scholes, who has brought her passion for education to her role as director; Kelley Westenhoff, who writes articles for us, blogs about us and tells everyone she knows about SOS!

So, thank you one and all for making Supply Our Schools a success in ints first year of operations!

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