Thanks to all of the participants, volunteers, family and corporate sponsors, the Second Annual Strides for SOS 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run was a huge success. With the help of our amazing BPS community, the event raised nearly $19,000.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT STRIDES FOR SOS WALK/RUN IN THE FALL OF 2022
SOS is overwhelmed by the generosity of our BPS Community during the Annual Season of Giving. Your kindness helped make the season bright for 24 families from all 13 BPS schools. Members of our community purchased 1800 items from family wish lists and $2800 worth of gift cards. Students, parents, and staff wrapped hundreds of presents.
The Beverly Elementary Junior Girl Scout Troop 76432 made Birthday Bags for all 24 families. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to each person in our community and schools that helped make this annual effort a huge success.
The Beverly Elementary Junior Girl Scout Troop 76432 recently completed a service project to support families through SOS. At their December 2021 meeting, troop members decorated and assembled a “Birthday in a Bag” for each of the 23 SOS Season of Giving families. In addition to receiving gifts from the community in December, each family that signed up will also receive a “Birthday in a Bag” to help them celebrate the next birthday in their home. Bags included cake mix, frosting, candles, balloons, streamers, plates, and napkins. The girls learned about the Schools Offer Support mission during their meeting and were excited to be part of helping support families in their BPS Community.
Good Morning Rachel – and of course Lori, Carol and SOS students,
Thank you so much for the generosity and SOS support for the community gardens at Next. Now that we have 4 large and easily accessible planter boxes, our members are really looking forward to the growing season. We have several members already signed up to plant, harvest and maintain the gardens all summer long. Gardening is such a pleasure for so many seniors but unfortunately many no longer have the opportunity as they have downsized to apartments or are no longer capable of maintaining a ground level garden that requires a lot of effort. For others, they are simply looking forward to a healthy harvest of summer vegetables and herbs to take home and enjoy, something many folks do not have access to.
Thank you – thank you!
Lori, Carol and the all the students that came out to help were so great to work with – Organized, efficient, and reliable!! You could not ask for a better representative for Seaholm! We are very grateful SOS reached out and choose Next to be the beneficiaries of their generosity and efforts!
Thank you again – we are humbled and honored.
SOS First Annual Miles for Meals 5K and 1Mile Race was virtual this year due to the pandemic. But that did not stop our amazing community from coming out and raising funds, running in small groups or alone and supporting BPS families in need.
Thank you to all our participants! We hope, that despite the virtual nature of the event, you were able to connect with some friends, get outside, and enjoy a run or walk. With your participation, we were able to raise over $20,000. We cannot express our appreciation enough, and we hope to see everyone in person in 2021!
Audrey DaDamio 17:26
Toland Corum 18:20
BPS Staff Fastest Female
BPS Staff Fastest Male
Age Group Winners
Seaholm High School Top Finishers
Groves High School
Berkshire Middle School
Derby Middle School
Birmingham Covington School Top Finishers
Bingham Farms Elementary
West Maple Elementary
Thanks again to everyone who participated and donated. Because of you this event was a huge success and we will be able to help many people in our community.
The annual SOS Club raking event was held in early November with 25+ club members volunteering. They went to 8 houses of elderly families recommended by the NEXT organization. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day! Lots of leaves and lots of fun. Very rewarding. A real team building event benefiting many families.
In May of 2021, BLOOM Upcycle Boutique hosted its first Prom Pop-Up Shop. Groves and Seaholm students were able to shop for free prom dresses, suits, jewelry, shoes, and more during an event held in the Seaholm Cafeteria after school. Dozens of students from both schools attended the pop-up. BLOOM is grateful to Dani Lutz (Groves alumna) and her mother, Beth Lutz, for donating dozens of prom dresses to BLOOM. Dani collected dresses while in high school to host free prom dress events at Pontiac High School and still had many dresses on hand. When they heard about BLOOM, they graciously donated all of their remaining dresses.