Posted November 26, 2015 - Titan Fuel
Titan Fuel – Powering Up Students
(Pictured – Members of the Chatham United Methodist Church Women assembling Titan Fuel bags. At far left is Meredith Ferguson, who is also member of the Titan Fuel steering committee)
The Ball-Chatham School District is partnering with the Chatham United Methodist Church Women and the Central Illinois Food Bank to offer Titan Fuel – a new food assistance initiative.
Titan Fuel is a free program that provides kid-friendly, non-perishable food for students to eat over the weekends and breaks when school is not in session. Examples of food items are granola bars, snack crackers, mac & cheese, canned veggies and fruits, cereal, soup, etc. Titan Fuel strives to include healthy and safe food for students whose families meet the income eligibility requirements for the federal free and reduced lunch program.
Titan Fuel was developed in response to changing demographics within the Ball-Chatham School District. The District has seen steady increases in the number of low income families over the last several years – going from 5.9% in 2000 to nearly 23% now. Thanks to a grant secured by the Chatham United Methodist Women, the District is able to assist those who may be struggling to provide enough food for their families.
Though the program is currently offered only at the three elementary schools, it’s the intent of the Titan Fuel steering committee to expand the program to include students at all grade levels. Currently, an average of 35-40 students per elementary building are benefitting from Titan Fuel, but the grant monies will likely cover only enough food assistance for this year, and perhaps into early next school year.
Thus, the committee has joined with the Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation so that families and community members will have a way to support the program through tax deductible donations. It’s only through donations that the program can expand and eventually become a constant, dependable food source for these families. “We know that once students’ basic needs are met, they can focus on learning,” says Chatham Elementary School Counselor, Julie McAllister. “We’re already beginning to see differences in attitude and willingness to learn. And the gratitude that these children have for the food they’re receiving is truly heartwarming.”
Want to help?
An inaugural fundraiser is tentatively set for June 16 at Piper Glen Golf Club, but monetary donations are welcome any time of year. For more information about the program, or how you can donate, email CES Counselor, Julie McAllister at email@example.com.
Posted November 25, 2015
Put a brick in their stocking
Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation Launches Holiday Campaign with Creative Gift Idea!
This holiday season, please consider supporting our students through the BCEF’s newest fundraising campaign. For $100, you can give an engraved, commemorative brick in honor of your current or graduated child and have it permanently placed at the entrance of Glenwood High School. A certificate showing a representative image of your brick will be mailed to the gift-giver that can be placed in the recipient’s stocking or under the tree this holiday. All bricks will be ordered after the first of the year and installed as soon as weather and time permit. Click here for the order form.