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Boys and Girls Country News Volume 36, Issue 5, Holiday Extra 2007 Inside... Page 2 Message from the Executive Director The Drive Toward Success Give While You Shop Our students got off to a great start in the 2007-2008 school year. Congratulations to all Honor Roll and Most Improved Page 3 students! We have encouraged and celebrated achievement A Tailgate Party this year with a racing theme, and in keeping with that theme, Harris County Fair we wish all of our students success for the next laps on the Results drive to the finish line! We also send a big thank you to our The Lillys' 5 Years! tutors -- who are key members of each child's "pit crew"! Cars Needed Page 4 Grades K-6 Grades 7-12 Our Christmas 1st Nine Weeks 1st Six Weeks Needs You! Donate Before '08! All A’s All A’s Thanks, Aetna Brianna Amy Foundation! Celeste Meagan Holiday Wish List Collin Jean Paul All A’s and B’s A Vision Tanner Alexandra for Children Taylor Alex E. Bruce Get to know about Kindergarten: Danetta our Home and the All 4’s Denisha children we serve. Ethan Julia Bring only an open Dillon (above) and Jovanni (below) are among Micaela several students who worked hard to pull up Kennedy heart and a friend. their grades in the first part of the school year. Kim We'd like to host at least ten people at All 3’s and 4’s They, with others listed below, received the Krystal each session: Kaleb "Most Improved" award from Ms. Robin, Laura Rosa Director of Education. We are so proud for all Loren December 1 Luke of your effort and persistence...and how far you January 12 All A’s and B’s February 2 have come! Keep up the good work! Audrey All A’s, B’s and 1 C 10:00-11:00 a.m. Crystal Austin Daniel Darnell Helen Debra Jacob Dillon John George Kiewan Haymanot Michael Johnny Patrick All A’s, B’s and 1 C Stephanie 18806 Roberts Road Brandon Hockley, Texas 77447 Jared Most Improved Jovanni Darnell (281) 351-4976 Sherry Dillon Fax: (281) 351-4978 Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org Most Improved Stephanie www.boysandgirlscountry.org Daniel Jovanni Message from the Executive Director We’re all in this together…. For the Heritage Dinner this year, 39 children from our Home who comprise the Heritage Singers sang the popular, “We’re all in this together.” So for days I’ve been humming, singing, and walking around with that song in my head…thinking of all the ways it is true at Boys and Girls Country. Here are a few thoughts I had: As a staff, we have to depend on each other -- daily -- hourly -- to meet all the needs that arise…from food preparation -- to transportation -- to moral support… The students develop such a strong bond with each other, sharing stories of their younger lives, living through the Boys and Girls Country memories together, helping each other prepare for the future…and staying lifelong friends…. Volunteers show up to perform all the ‘extras’ that we never get to do…the fun things such as cleaning, landscaping, painting, sorting, organizing, and mowing… And our Board and donors….share their resources from large gifts to small gifts…and all sizes in the middle to make sure there is enough to go around! That led me to recall a recent conversation. One of our long time donors commented on the success of the Heritage Dinner, and asked, sincerely, “Do you still need my little gift?” What a joy it was for me to tell him -- not only do we need his gift…we cherish it! The truth of ‘we’re all in this together’ became clear the night of our Heritage Dinner, the most successful event in our history. In the middle of all sized gifts, I found my favorite contribution. It came from Sarah, age 8, daughter of long time board member, J. R. Sult, who had been working hard to raise money for the dinner. We found out that Sarah pondered the size of her gift for days, first deciding to give $10, but then determining it was “not enough”. She then considered $15 for a few days, and finally settled on $20 as the most generous, affordable gift she could donate. She sent her $20 in cash with a note to me which I will cherish forever. Yes, Sarah, we’re all in this together….and every gift, large and small, our Father blesses all. 755 Happy Holidays to our cheerful givers. We love you. Shirley A. Wright Going grocery shopping? Pick up something for us, too! Scan your Kroger Share Card (cut out the one here, or call us at 281-351-4976 for an actual card) when you make your next purchase, and link your Randall’s card to Organization Number 755, and we will receive 1% of every purchase you make Page 2 to our Home, at no cost to you. Happenings Football and Tailgating This season's current high school football players include Kennedy and Teddy. Junior High players include Austin, Darnell, Desmin, Dillon, Frank, and Zan. They have been hard at work, and we have enjoyed cheering them on. Right: Laura, Amy, Krystal, Julia, and Debra bring in the Bulldog banner for a tailgate party before we headed out to Varsity Parent Night at Waller High. Below: Also at the tailgate party were new members of our Boys and Girls Country family. From left, front: Jonathan, Michael, Jared, Micaela, Rosa, Katelyn, Brandon. Back: Robert, Ashley, Helen, Joseph. We also welcome our newest resident, Moneisha (below). We are so glad to have all of you here! Harris County Fair Winners We are proud of all of the contestants who showed their animals in the Harris County Fair. Congratulations to Frank (right) who won fifth in class for his calf, Jovanni, who won sixth in class for his goat, and John, who won seventh in class for his goat. Happy Five Years, Lillys! Laura and Terry Lilly have been wonderful Old car need a new home? houseparents to our boys, and we thank them for their five years of service. Laura and Terry Consider making a tax-deductible donation of told us, "These last 5 years have been an your gently used, reliable car for our experience! It has been fun watching the kids teens and young adults, grow and learn. We have learned a lot of who need things to help with raising our own two transportation to children. We are very grateful for the school, jobs, and knowledge this job has given us. We always other wanted a houseful of children and now we extracurricular have one. We are still learning everyday. activities. This job will be a learning experience for the rest of our time here at Boys and Girls Country." Page 3 NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO. 11163 HOUSTON, TEXAS Boys and Girls Country of Houston, Inc. 18806 Roberts Road Hockley, Texas 77447 Address Service Requested y olida Will You Be a Part of Our Family Christmas? H Here are a few ways to help. For more WISH LIST information, please call Jennifer Roth at 281-351-4976, extension 243. Sponsor a Young Adult in the College and Career Our Commissary Needs: Pecans Program. No matter how Cheez Whiz, Velveeta Cheese old you are, you are always a French’s Fried Onions Conduct a Gift Card Drive. child to your parents, and you Pie Fillings (Apple, Strawberry, are always on the gift list! Blueberry, Peach, etc.) We use gift cards year-round Help us create a memorable Marshmallows Sponsor Cottage to shop for our kids' many holiday for our college kids Turkeys and Hams needs. Gift cards are also used and our grown kids. Below: Sage Needs. Our children's homes need new linens as rewards for hard work and Brittney's Christmas wish is Tin Pans and Aluminum Foil and other essentials. achievement. about to come true. Peas Our Clothing Closet Needs: In all sizes, except where indicated: White Undershirts (muscle style) No-Show Socks Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis Shoes and House Shoes Girls’ Junior Pants and Dresses (sizes 11 - 17), and Shirts (sizes L - XXL) Year-End Giving Boys’ and Girls’ Coats, Jackets, Hoodies Boxers and Boxer Briefs As the season of giving (and year-end tax- planning) approaches, consider the impact Our Cottages Need: your gift this year could make on our children. Twin Mattresses Your gift of cash or securities received by Pool Cue Sticks Large Electric Griddles December 31st qualifies for tax deductibility in Rotisseries (two racks) 2007. Be sure to check whether your company will match your gift. Bath Towels and Washcloths Christmas Lights (mostly mini clear, some And, if you are at least age 70 ½, you can donate up to $100,000 to Boys and Girls Country mini multi-colored, some C-8 clear directly through your IRA without incurring any taxes in 2007 because of tax-law changes replacement bulbs) in the 2006 Pension Protection Act. Most IRA firms will issue checks only before mid- December, so hurry to take advantage of this opportunity. Please call Elaine Petranek at Our MIS Department Needs: 88 1-GB USB Thumb Drives (for 281-351-4976 ext. 219 for more information about making your tax-deductible donation. students) Pentium 4 or better PCs Thank You, Aetna Foundation! 17” Flat Panel Monitors We are grateful to the Aetna Foundation, 80 GB Hard Drives whose support of our children's health Our Maintenance Dept. Needs: care program keeps them the picture of Commercial-Size Washer/Dryer Set with health all year long (except on Capacity for Comforters Halloween!). Right: Costume contest Twin Tank Portable Air Compressor winners Ashley, a vampire pirate, and Vise with 8” Jaws Piero, a nerd (who could calculate for you the exact cost of healthcare for over For a complete wish list, please visit us 100 children and young adults!) online at www.boysandgirlscountry.org.
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