Victory…Is Ours….!

“Friends of Copey…you are truly “Awesome”. We reached our goal of $1,500.00 in record breaking time ahead of schedule.  We can give ourselves a huge “congratulations” as weCelebration Time

once again show we can do what we set out to do. To the community and the Learning Center in Copey, rest assured we are your “Friends” and look eagerly towards continuing our partnership with great expectations.

The Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund starting its third year, will continue putting more students in the Learning Center who need financial assistance. In such a small community, it is very noticeable which young students are not attending the Learning Center, primarily because of their parent’s inability to pay theCelebration balloons.

tuition. We know this is not helpful and our support provides a solution to a community in need. So celebrate with me and experience the wonderful joy of victory. WE said we could do this…and we did it!  (Donations are still encouraged for AGBSF)

The Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund (Deadline February 1)

Goal = $1,500    *Donations Received = $1,500     Balance =$00.00

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The Learning Center is at work making a real difference in lives. This is a very encouraging result and amazing how both past donors decided to continue their support and having new donors show up. I can only promise that we will do all we can in 2016 to make our involvement exciting, productive, and successful. I am unaware of any other “organization” such as ours working in this fashion successfully with a small rural community. Thank You!

Now we can continue moving ahead with our other fundraising campaign to help fund our Executive Director’s position.

The Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund….

“Friends”, I want to provide you a mid-week update on our progress towards reaching our Anne G. Broady Scholarship Goal.

We are getting very close and we just need only a few more donors to help us over the victory line. I am so thankful and appreciative for those who have already donated. Most 2015 donors have responded and a few new “Friends” have also joined in. The most recent update shows the following:

The Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund (Deadline February 1)

Goal = $1,500    *Donations Received = $1,200     Balance =$300 (still needed)

Lisa B. responded to the last Post. Recall, she previously issued a challenge to any “new” Friend to make a donation. I want to share part of the message she sent me today:  Lisa.rev.1

“Love the beautiful photograph of Tatiana. What a joy! Thank you to our friend Stephanie T. for becoming a new friend and for supporting these wonderful students and their teachers and volunteers. Thank you, Arthur, for your support of Lexie and for all that you do. You are right, We CAN do this! Dave and I will make our next donation in honor of our son, Jim, who is trying to return to Spain and teach English as a second language. He studied in Ronda, Spain during his last year of college a few years back.

Thank you Lisa B. You truly are among our most dedicated “Friends”. You are a highly recognized public school teacher currently serving as a traveling elementary music teacher, an accomplished and successful musician and songwriter, a Pen Pal leader, and much more. Because of you, Lexie and other young students are getting involved with the Learning Center. Lisa’s full message is located under “Recent Comments”.

So “Friends”, if you are still considering making a donation, hopefully you will decide this project is worthy and will do so. Tatiana’s playmates also need to get a better education. Your donation will help the young students, their parents, and a community working to build a better future for their young people. As Lisa quotes me, “We CAN do this!”

Final Report for the AGB Scholarship Fund is February 1. Let’s proclaim our “Victory”!

See the last Post for guidelines on making a donation or contact me at atbroady@aol.com for assistance.  Thanks to all the “Friends”.

 

 

 

Life’s Meaning and Purpose…

“The meaning of life is to find your gift…while the purpose of life is to give it away!”  by Pablo Picasso

“Friends”, we are happy to report some progress in both of our fundraising campaigns during this past week. I am very appreciative to those who have quickly responded and are helping move the needle closer to our goals. Those planning to donate are asked to do so soon. Our deadline is February 1 for the AGB Scholarship Fund.

I know these times are financially difficult for most of us and there are already plenty of other needs brought to our attention almost daily. However, “Friends of Copey” has been about “faith” and “believing” in what we are doing. We beat the odds each day since we are not set up or operate as a traditional or conventional organization.

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By design, every penny raised goes directly to the Learning Center solely for the purpose to support the Copey community’s efforts to better educate and prepare their children to meet the educational and occupational challenges awaiting them. So, I continue to encourage you to keep the faith and believe we have and can continue making a difference as “Friends”.  Instructions for donating are at the bottom of this Post.

The Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund (Deadline February 1)

Goal = $1,500    *Donations Received = $800     Balance =$700

WE can do this! February 1 is very doable. Several “Friends” and even a few “new” Friends have pledged to donate but we need to have the scholarship funds in place by February 1. The Learning Center needs some time to select recipients and award the scholarships before school starts February 15.

Our great “Friend” Lisa, an AGB donor and Pen Pal teacher extraordinaire, made her 2016 donation and then issued a challenge to any “new” Friend to make a donation. If so, Lisa and husband Dave would donate

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additional funds. The challenge has been met by our “new” Friend Stephanie T. from Hampton, Virginia with her generous donation. Thank you all for your generosity.

Shown here is Tatiana. She was Lisa’s sponsored student in 2015. Lisa’s support helped Tatiana earn “Star Student” recognition.

Executive Director Position 

Goal= $2,000    *Donations Received= $400.00       Balance=$1,600

The needle moved upward some and I expect to see much better results soon. There are several pledges made but not yet received. This campaign does not end on February 1 so there is additional time. However, achieving this goal is of great importance as I explained in last week’s Post.

Other News

The K-Kids at Jefferson Elementary School (Kiwanis sponsored) are ready and excited for the Learning Center to re-start. They

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have Pen Pal Letters all ready to send to their new friends. This will be a wonderful “back to school” surprise waiting for the Copey students. We plan to try again to have some face to face time using Skype.

“Lexie”, our 9 year old Pen Pal friend from Sugar Grove Elementary School, is today an official donor. She and I will share a recipient in 2016. This should be very exciting.

DONATION METHODS

If you are planning to support either the AGB Scholarship Fund or the ED Position or both…the two methods for donating are the same as last year:

  1. The Learning Center’s PayPal can be used to make donations directly. Please access the PayPal system by clicking on….http://copeylearningcenter.org/. Find the PayPal logo in the upper right hand corner of their homepage. To make certain the Learning Center recognizes your donation and how it should be applied, indicate in the comment section that the donation supports the “AGBSF” or the “EDF” (Executive Director Fund).
  2. The alternate method is to send me your donation. Make the check out to me. Once received, it is deposited in my account and then paid directly to the same Learning Center PayPal system as in Method #1. I will enter your name and designate where it is to be applied per your directions. The PayPal system will issue me a receipt which I send to you as “proof” the donation has been submitted to the Learning Center in your name. Make out the check and send to:

Arthur T. Broady, 725 N. Center Parkway, Apt. N-201, Kennewick, WA 99336 

Please contact me if either method needs further explanation.

 Phone:1-509-783-5897

 

 

 

Listen to the Children…

“If you need ANYTHING let me know like books or anything i will try to help it’s kinda hard because i’m only 9! But i love to help so let me know if you need anything!!!”   Lexie

Lexie, a 9 year old elementary music student and Pen Pal in Virginia, submitted a few comments this past week on my Blog. She and her classmates were introduced to the Learning Center students through our Pen Pal program. Apparently, she discovered how to add comments to the “Comments” section of the Blog and decided to correspond with me. Her message really touched my heart. She is the youngest person to send me such a note and her message is a powerful reminder of the spirit behind this project. Lexie also wrote; “I will try to donate i am only 9!!! But i love doing this type of stuff“.

I answered Lexie’s note and promised to let the students at the Learning Center know how much she wants to help and I promised to find her a personal friend in the Learning Center to correspond with her when the Learning Center reopens in February. Also, I plan to donate funds to the AGB Scholarship Fund on behalf of Lexie so she can actually experience supporting a student (hopefully her new friend).

Remember my words…2016 is going to be one unbelievable year with bold things happening. I invite you to be a part of it!

Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund

We have about two more weeks to complete the campaign for the Anne G. BroadyzzzSpelling Bee winners

Scholarship Fund. Previous donor “Friends” are asked to continue supporting this scholarship fund and new “Friends” are invited to join in. Getting as many children into the Learning Center as possible is our sole purpose for the scholarships. All the other things we do as “Friends” will not matter as much if the children are not enrolled and attending classes. We are making progress towards our Goal.

Goal = $1,500    *Donations Received = $600     Balance =$900

Executive Director Position

Our 2nd fundraising campaign is also showing progress. It is essential to continue funding the only paid position for the Learning Center. Special projects are underway including a new Learning Center facility we hope will be ready in time for opening day in February. The town’s government and its citizens are willing to invest property and resources to help the Learning Center because of the progress of the Learning Center and its positive appearance of stability and continuity.  zzztree planting.1

Angela is part of the community and very experienced. She has her BA in International Affairs from Juniata College, in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania and very close to completing her Masters. She has taught English in China, in Ecuador, and taught in the public high school in Copey during 2010-2012 as a Peace Corps volunteer. Before returning to Copey to assume the leadership at the Learning Center in 2015, she worked in the country’s capital, San Jose as a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader and in Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Education’s National Headquarters.

As I am completing my first year of experience working with Angela, I can attest to her devotion and commitment to the Learning Center. She is very involved with Emory & Henry College staff in preparation for the arrival of E&H College student volunteers going to work at the Learning Center later in the spring. She is helping get two of her students prepared to travel and study at E&H College in the summer. These are just examples of the projects we all are looking forward to in 2016 and Angela is key to this success.

“Friends” is committed to cover about 40% of the total salary. Anyone inclined to support this campaign is invited to do so. Any amount is welcomed!

Executive Director Position

Goal= $2,000    *Donations Received= $300.00       Balance=$1,700

Other News

Angela reports the return of both volunteers (Markki and Marguerite) in February who Volunteers

worked at the Learning Center during the last half of 2015. This is really great news! This is another sign of continuity and consistency for the Learning Center. The students and the community will benefit and the start up in February is expected to be picking up where things were in November. . Welcome Back!

The Copey community spent the weekend doing their own fundraising activities. With the very low income levels in Copey and being in a remote location, raising money among themselves and from nearby communities is a very difficult task. However, the community makes every effort to do all it can to help itself. They appreciate “Friends” being willing to support them.

“Friends” is on the verge of significant achievements!  Thanks to All….

 

 

 

The Official Kick-Off…!

This week begins the “Official Kick-Off” for our two major fund-raising campaigns for 2016.

The Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund

The Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund (AGB) is entering the third year as a means of honoring the life and memory of Anne G. Broady.  Mom, or “Granny” as she was affectionately called by many others, represents our inspiration and desire to help the children in Copey, Costa Rica. Full details about Mom and the Scholarship Fund is available by clicking the menu tab titled “Scholarship Fund”.

To date, over 50 students have benefitted directly from the AGB Scholarship Fund and other donated funds.

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The positive impacts brought about by the AGB Scholarship Fund are well documented in many of my Posts. The recent lists of 2015 accomplishments further demonstrates our successful partnership with the community and the Learning Center. As we enter the 2016 school year, even greater goals are planned and the AGB Scholarship Fund will help us to continue sending young people to the Learning Center and help us achieve our goals.

Our success last year resulted in more than 15 students receiving financial AGB Scholarships.1assistance. The scholarships are carefully awarded to those most in need and also used to encourage and incentivize non-scholarship students experiencing problems staying in school. Similar to last year, our goal is to raise $1,500.00 for the AGB Scholarship Fund.

Our request of $60.00 will support a kindergarten level student and $100.00 will support all other student levels for a full year. *Some early donations have been reported and/or received.  The AGB Scholarship Fund Campaign End Date is February 1, 2016.

 Goal = $1,500    *Donations Received = $500     Balance =$1,000

 

Financial Support for the Executive Director’s Position  

In 2015, we launched our first fund-raising campaign to support the Learning Center and the community’s bold decision to fund their first and only paid staff position. Previously, all staff and teachers were either local volunteers

zzztree planting.1or volunteers from around the world. In 2015, the total annual funding for the position was set at $5,000.  “Friends” agreed to support $2,500 the first year.

We successfully raised the $2,500 last year with the support of donors and the successful “Big Parking Lot Sale” project.  This year we committed to raising $2,000 to support the Executive Director’s position. *Some early donations received.

Being involved each day as I am with the Learning Center, I can attest to the value of having a qualified and competent paid leader on board accountable to the local Learning Center’s leadership. Continuity and consistency provided by the Director is much better than free labor in the long run. Angela’s credentials are exemplary for this type of work and from my perspective, the community and the Learning Center are getting a real bargain. I will provide more on Angela in next week’s Post. The Executive Director Fund Campaign End Date is April 30, 2016.

Goal= $2,000    *Donations Received= $200.00       Balance=$1,800

DONATION METHODS

If you are planning to support either the AGB Scholarship Fund or the ED Position or both…we have the same two methods as last year:

  1. The Learning Center’s PayPal can be used to make donations directly. Please access the PayPal system by clicking on….http://copeylearningcenter.org/.  Find the PayPal logo in the upper right hand corner of the homepage. To make certain the Learning Center recognizes your donation and how it should be applied, indicate in the comment section that the donation supports the “AGBSF” or the “EDF” (Executive Director Fund).
  2. The alternate method is by sending me your donation by making the check out to me. Once received, it is deposited in my account and then paid directly to the same Learning Center PayPal system as in Method #1. I will enter your name and designate where it is to be applied per your directions. The PayPal system will issue me a receipt which I send to you as “proof” the donation has been submitted to the Learning Center in your name. Make out the check and send to:

Arthur T. Broady, 725 N. Center Parkway, Apt. N-201, Kennewick, WA 99336  Phone:1-509-783-5897

Both of these methods were successfully used in 2014 and 2015 without any problems or concerns for safety or trustworthiness. For first timers, please note that “Friends” has opted to not establish or maintain a “Friends of Copey” bank account. The total amount of funds donated, deposited into my personal account, then paid to the Learning Center are relatively small and in my account for a very short time. Typically, donations received are quickly forwarded to the Learning Center. For the majority of the year, there is a zero balance for donations. If a bank account was being maintained it would cause unnecessary banking fees, printed checks, and other banking expenses. Other issues including signature cards and a tax ID along with other government and organizational requirements provide negative need for having a bank account. My address is included and I can be easily located. After receiving the donations, I assume full responsibility for forwarding the donations in your names to the Learning Center.

JUST ONE MORE THING!

There is a third fund-raising effort in the planning stages. We have two Learning Center students along with the Executive Director traveling to Emory & Henry College in June 2016. This is a very major initiative requiring our support and assistance with travel costs. HOWEVER….this current fund-raising campaign does not include the travel support for the students in June. Several special arrangements must be made first to set up the funding for this and will be handled separately. I will provide all the necessary details on this effort later in February.

 

 

 

 

A “Friend” In 2016!!!

We can do this!

Yes, 2016 is going to be more challenging than both the 2014 and 2015 years of support. However, I am convinced we can set sail and get to our destination. We only need to be clear on what we want to accomplish and work together to get the job done. Here are our new goals.

NON-FINANCIAL GOALS

  1. Continue Pen Pal Programs with K-Kids in Washington state and music students in Virginia.
  2. Establish two new Pen Pal Programs…Anywhere, USA.
  3. Strengthen the “Friends of Copey” connection with Kiwanis Clubs locally and throughout the country.
  4. Find ways to more economically deliver children’s books and school supplies to the Learning Center from the US.
  5. Increase our annual Blog site visits to 3,520 (10%) at the end of 2016 up from 3,200 at the end of 2015.                                         Friends Chart

FINANCIAL GOALS

  1. Provide financial support for a minimum of 15 students under the Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund.  Estimated $1,500 Goal
  2. Provide financial support to the Learning Center’s funding commitment to continue the Executive Director’s position.       $2,000 Goal
  3. Provide financial support to cover airline expenses to and from Emory & Henry College, Virginia for two Copey students and the Learning Center’s Executive Director.  Estimated $3,600 Goal

Next week’s Post will be the “official kickoff” of our 2016 fund raising

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campaign to raise funds to support the annual salary commitment for the Executive Director just as we did last year. The official announcement will include directions on how to make a contribution if you wish to be a financial supporter.

Information on the support we plan to provide to assist two students and the Executive Director will be provided at a later date.

I look forward to us all continuing to be a significant and meaningful part of the success we are experiencing in Copey. After two years now, we have some solid “Friends” in place including Lisa B. and Susie O. who are

Jefferson Elementary Pen Pal

committed public school teachers already deeply involved and devoted to bringing young students together to learn from one another. The Kiwanis organization, a major international service club, is on board as very zzzKiwanis

important partners. Emory & Henry College, one of our country’s leading small colleges, is partnering with “Friends” and showing exceptional leadership in developing educational pathways to learning. The list goes on and all the “Friends” can share in the efforts and successes expected for students in both Copey and here in the US in 2016.

                                 “Friends of Copey” in 2016…It’s a beautiful thing!