Hello friends, we hope you made it through this past winter without too much trouble. It definitely was a cold one! We are looking forward to the warmth and brightness of spring and wish you and your families all the best in the warmer months to come.
Since the dedication of Brodeur Square at Auburn High School we have managed to stay busy with several items. One of the highlights of the last several months has been to ability to award several grants to Auburn High School students. Providing grants to the students of AHS is the core mission of our foundation. We would like to recognize these grant recipients and the excellent programs they will support with this funding.
Sydney Anger and her advisor Lynn Barret applied for The Blossoming Buddies Program. Blossoming Buddies, an anti bullying program where 5th grade Auburn Middle School girls will be paired up with a high school student whom they have something in common with. The pair will meet with each other on a monthly basis and also have a pen-pal connection. The goal of Blossoming Buddies is to promote positive and effective friendship skills. Sydneys hope is that Blossoming Buddies can shift the way females interact from a place where gossip is accepted to a place where it is viewed as negative and unacceptable. The amount of the grant award was $500.
Adam Gillies applied for and was awarded a grant to assist with funding to attend the Engineering and Technology Career Forum at the Frank W. Olin College of Engineering. Adam has an interest in pursuing and education and possible career in the engineering fields. He is hoping his participation in this forum will foster skills such as critical thinking, time management , public speaking and problem solving. Certainly these are skills that would promote leadership and we applaud Adam for his pro-active approach to his future development. The amount of the grant was $500.
The National Honor Society applied for and was awarded a grant to provide funding for the development of a care package program for US Servicemen and Woman who are currently deployed overseas. The students plan to send care packages comprised of books, magazines, food, candy or personal hygiene products. The soldiers are selected from the website, Books for Soldiers, which makes it possible for deployed servicemen and woman to reach out to their home country and request small items that provide some of the comforts of home. This year the students in the National Honor Society will provide care packages for Alumni of Auburn Schools serving in Afghanistan and Japan as well as other overseas locations. At the time of our grant award the students had assembled 14 care packages and approached the Brodeur Foundation for assistance with shipping charges. The amount of the grant was $210.
Way to go everyone, congratulations and keep up the good work!