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A Letter from Principal Cadotte
Monday, November 19, 2012 10:55 AM

 

Dear Families,
 
The Silent Auction…Please give a huge round of applause to Beth Gyllstrom and Amy Hasbargen for coordinating this year’s Silent Auction. It surely delivered a night of fun, community, and generosity. Thank you to the many other parents who made big contributions of time and energy. “Hats Off” to our emcee of the evening, Alix Kendall, and live music from Mr. Hofmann.
 
It would be hard for me to come up with the right words to thank Mr. Fairbanks for his amazing painting Embracing Seasons. It clearly represents our large Burroughs Family Tree and the generations of students who have passed through our doors. If you are interested in a print of the tree to frame for your home, please contact Kelly Robbert.
 
I extend much gratitude for all of the staff, sponsors, and donors of the wonderful items that went up for auction. Please read the Silent Auction article at the end of this newsletter to find out the incredible fundraising results and more thank yous.
 
Penny Pals & Hurricane Sandy… Our drive continues through December 14. Penny Pals is our major annual community giving project at Burroughs. Our philosophy has always been to find a way to help other children. This year, we have selected a cause we have visited in the past, “Hurricane Helpers.” No doubt you have seen the devastating images of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction on television. As in previous natural disasters, our donations will go to the Red Cross. They are always quick to be on the scene with food, water, clothing, and shelter. Please look in sofas, drawers and under furniture for loose change to bring to the classroom to help the cause.
 
Save our Schools (SOS) presents Thanks4Giving Day… SOS has paired up with Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS) of Minneapolis and their Next Generation (NexGen) Program to host Thanks4Giving Day! Burroughs is a designated drop-off site.
 
What: Drop off new and gently used school supplies, kid’s clothing (especially outerwear), toys, books for children in need
When: Anytime from now through community drop-off day (Friday, November 23, 9 am to 3 pm)
Where: Bins in Burroughs Atrium (north end)
Hosts: SOS aims to be a catalyst for change and improvement for Minnesota students by providing grants to underfunded schools and high-quality educational programs. SOS will provide the resources and tools necessary to foster and advance the minds of future generations. 
 
JFCS Next Generation Program is a Fund, Club, and Board that encourages philanthropy and community involvement among adults ages 21 to 36. NextGen encourages young philanthropists by offering hands-on giving opportunities, professional experience and a vibrant social network to build a more cohesive community.
 
Just some editorializing from your principal…I recently had the opportunity to spend a few minutes chatting with Mike Nelson from SOS. I wanted to know more about the work that founder Josh Thelemann and the rest of their team have dedicated themselves to. The group is made up of eight young people all under the age of 25. Since they are all employed, this mission is accomplished in addition to their careers.
 
I know we sometimes get inundated with negative images of younger generations, but after talking with Mike about how important giving back is to this group, I have to say there is great hope for the future. You will find many terrific quotes and philosophies at their website, but I wanted to include the tag line Josh has on his emails; it would be very powerful for us all to try…
 
“Leave the world a better place than how you found it; that way we all win.”

Thanks and have a great week.