It's never too late to share exciting news with all of you! Our May, 2018 newsletter features updates on our Summer Associate program, upcoming pancake breakfast, and post-service VISTA employment. Also, congratulations to Ashlee Flitton (The Family Place) for winning May's Outstanding Outcomes Award and to Me'lani Hogan- Cephas (VISTA Leader/ASTL) for winning her second Exemplary Engagement Award!
It's that time again - the newest edition of the PSP Jotter is here! Congrats to Megan Hansen (Mountain Crest HS) and Kaylyn Christensen (Cache HS) for winning the VISTA Member Recognition awards for April, 2018! Our National Service Recognition Day event is highlighted, and there are also some announcements for some upcoming volunteer opportunities.
The March, 2018 edition of the PSP Jotter is here! There are some exciting VISTA stories and updates in this issue, including exciting employment/school updates for VISTA Members and a call for gently-used clothing for South Cache’s brand new clothing pantry to benefit students in need. Donations can either be dropped off at South Cache or the PSP Office (USU campus, CPD building), or shoot us an email, and we will gladly come collect any donations you have.
Also, congratulations to Dawna Webb, third-year VISTA Member at Mountain Crest High School, on winning the Outstanding Outcomes Award for March, 2018. Please keep sending in nominations for our VISTA Recognition program. Our goal is to recognize at least one VISTA each month, but we need your help! So, if you see one of our VISTA members doing great work, visit this link to nominate her/him, www.publicschoolpartnership.com/vista-member-recognition.html.
View the February, 2018 edition of the PSP Jotter below!
Heard of AmeriCorps or Senior Corps but you have no idea where those members serve? This report lists all of the Cache County National Service sites! You've probably talked to some of the National Service members at these service locations!
Here are the highlights of PSP's MLK Day service project and various holiday projects hosted by PSP and our VISTA sites. Congrats to VISTA Members Blake Tubbs (Sky View HS) and Emma Tucek (Stokes Nature Center) for winning January’s recognition awards!
Blake Tubbs, Outstanding Outcomes Award - This past holiday season, Blake coordinated a holiday service project at Sky View High School that raised over $2300 for Sub for Santa! He coordinated student volunteers, encouraged students and staff to donate, and made sure that all of the students had fun participating in the project. Blake also volunteered a full 3 days to support Sub for Santa's 2017 Christmas distribution as part of PSP's annual holiday service project. While only 1 day was required, Blake served an entire 8 hours on the second day!
Emma Tucek, Above & Beyond Award - Emma goes above and beyond at each PSP service project. She makes sure that the work gets done thoroughly, and she is an extremely valuable teammate during the projects. She is not afraid to take on the more laborious tasks, and she takes on those tasks with a smile on her face. She also supports many of our VISTA projects by bringing fun, environmental education to underserved youth and families that PSP's VISTA Members serve at their sites. Emma also coordinates a scholarship program that supports many of these individuals, based on a need she identified at the beginning of her service term. Emma ends her service in March, and everyone at PSP and Stokes Nature Center is going to miss her!
The December, 2017 edition of the PSP Jotter is here and can be viewed or downloaded below. Highlights in this issue include:
Monique Marsh, the Public & School Partnership’s VISTA Member at Bates Elementary School in North Ogden, acting as a Peer Leader at the elementary, collected over 8,000 items, including non-perishable food, coats, boots, gloves, and hats for donation to the local food bank.
Best Realty Group in North Ogden sponsors an annual food and garment drive to sup-port the local food bank in Weber County. The company offers cash prizes for the schools who generate the most donations. Best’s goal this year was to collect $100,000 in food and garments. Bates Elementary came in 4th place in the entire district, and will receive a $1,500 cash award for the school to use.
The Peer Leaders consisting of 5th and 6th graders along with Jill Ramage, a school counselor, and Monique Marsh, VISTA member, coordinated the food and clothing drive. Jill and Monique led the student volunteers in counting all of the items, which was quite a feat as there were a lot of items to count! The volunteers also had to separate and bag the clothing items and recount the food to go into the big bins donated by Best Realty, courtesy of the food bank.
Monique said, “Every morning, as children and parents came to drop off their items to donate I couldn't help but overhear the excitement in the children's voices when they would see the bins overflowing in the hallway! One day it was even difficult to get through the hall due to all the donations. The peer leaders had to work quickly to get them sorted and out of the way. The students, staff, and parents caught the vision of helping our community! Thanks Bates for all the support!”
Monique took pictures and documented the project throughout the process so that the next VISTA or another staff member at Bates can easily replicate the project next year - hopefully with the same success as this year!
The November, 2017 edition of the PSP Jotter is out! Highlights in this issue include:
Read or download the newsletter below.