GTS at Ashley Park Elementary

Global Support Team Takes Ashley Park Elementary Under It’s Wing

The BNI Foundation Global Support Team had a great year with it’s sponsored school, Ashley Park Elementary! This year the team made a concerted effort to really make a difference for the students and teachers. Below are highlights of the results of the team’s hard work, time and funds invested toward Ashley Park Elementary.

  • In September the team collected school supplies and BNI HQ donated book bags for the preschool classes
  • In December they collected PJ’s for the Preschoolers
  • In February they collected belts for the students
  • In March they collected Navy colored polo shirts for the students’ uniforms
  • In April they collected Khaki pants for the uniforms
  • BNI HQ sponsored a field trip for the 5th grade class to Laser Tag as well as a stop at BNI HQ for free ice pops from “King of Pops’ and a tour of the offices and a talk with CEO Graham Weihmiller
  • In May they held a teacher appreciation for the amazing teachers that work in very difficult situations day in and day out.  The team collected money and had a Coffee truck available at the school in the teacher parking lot to offer all of the staff free specialty coffees.  There were also donuts, bagels and other yummy treats in their teacher lounge.  The staff was blown away and so appreciative of this gesture.

Congratulations to the Global Support Team for a great year sponsoring a deserving school. Keep up the good work. Check out the video below and the gallery at this link.

The Chip Program – Improving Teamwork

There’s a new program in which local Business Voices members are spreading the word. It’s called the Chip Program, and it takes some simple principles that have worked in the past to help inspire better behavior patterns for kids.

The idea is this: kids receive special poker chips as a reward for good behavior patterns. Any student in a given class can win, and the student with the most chips at the end of each week wins a prize. Students vote on what the prize is from the beginning, so it’s something everyone is excited about.

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Schools Helping Schools and the Kindness Club

Recently in the Triad area of NC a private school adopted an elementary school in something of a two part assist. By adopt, we mean that the private school’s students took it upon themselves to help solve some challenges the elementary school was having, volunteering their time and resources.

The one big bullet point to mention on that is that they were able to secure 900 books for the elementary school’s summer reading program, which is a huge benefit for those students to have such a variety to draw inspiration from.

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Rebuilding Hope in Ormoc City

By Brian Watkins

San Jose Elementary ClassBack in November 2013 BNI directors from around the world traveled to Long Beach for what would be a particularly memorable International Directors Conference. Somewhere off the coast of the Philippines at that same time, Typhoon Yolanda began gaining force. That oceanic storm would prove to be among the most powerful the world had ever seen.

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Aiding Schools One Robotics Class at a Time

By Brian Watkins

The robotics students at Flat Rock Elementary recently got a big boost to their equipment. On June 4, BNI Directors, Antonio McCoy and Glen Coleman, presented Principal Draugn with a $625 check for new parts that will allow kids a wider variety of robotics projects. The funds were raised by local BNI chapter members.

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