Boys and Girls Country News
Volume 36, Issue 5, Holiday Extra 2007
Message from the
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"!
Page 4 Grades K-6 Grades 7-12
Our Christmas 1st Nine Weeks 1st Six Weeks
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.
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
have come! Keep up the good work!
Audrey All A’s, B’s and 1 C
10:00-11:00 a.m. Crystal Austin
All A’s, B’s and 1 C Stephanie
18806 Roberts Road Brandon
Hockley, Texas 77447 Jared Most Improved
(281) 351-4976 Sherry Dillon
Fax: (281) 351-4978 Ryan
firstname.lastname@example.org Most Improved Stephanie
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,
“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
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.
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.
are so glad to
have all of you
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
PERMIT NO. 11163
Boys and Girls Country of Houston, Inc.
18806 Roberts Road
Hockley, Texas 77447
Address Service Requested
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:
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.
Our Clothing Closet Needs:
In all sizes, except where indicated:
White Undershirts (muscle style)
Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis Shoes and House
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.
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.
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.