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Thank You, Gillispie Community!

I want to say thank you…

As the staff person largely responsible for raising funds and building community (along with my many fabulous colleagues) at Gillispie, I began the school year with some real trepidation. Like many of you, I am sure, I do not like uncertainty. I like to be able to plan well into the future–-something that was just not possible this year. Would we achieve our critical fundraising goals? Would parents feel connected, despite not being able to be on campus? Could we still display our commitments to community service and to personal and professional growth during this unusual (and largely virtual) environment?

The answer is clearly YES.

Because of you…we surpassed our ONEGillispie Annual Campaign goal by 19%.

Because of you…we had record participation in our Spring Fundraising Event (the Fiesta) and exceeded our Fund-A-Need (Paddle Raise) goal by more than $20,000.

Because of you…we collected two truckloads of toys, over 1200 pounds of food, and more than 1000 books – all in support of our neighbors and friends who have needs we cannot always even comprehend.

Because of you…we tried new things. We virtually brought in some experts, speakers, coaches (from both inside and outside the school) and many of you participated. And your feedback will be used as we think about and plan for next year.

So, thank you. Your partnership and generosity of both resources and spirit made all this possible. And I would not be doing my job if I didn’t share two ways you can support Gillispie all year long.

First, if you shop on Amazon, PLEASE sign up for Amazon Smile, and select Gillispie as your non-profit of choice. Every single purchase you make provides financial resources to the school. Please share this opportunity with your friends and relatives! It is easy and painless. And, tell the truth, who does not shop on Amazon?

Second, if you are a Ralph’s shopper, please join their Community Rewards program. All you need to do is register your Ralph’s card online at www.ralphs.com, and select The Gillispie School as your organization. You only need to do this once, and each time you shop, you will be earning money for Gillispie.

I hope you enjoy a wonderful, adventure-filled summer. It is my honor to work with you all.

 

DEBBIE RODRIGUEZ

Director of Advancement & Community Relations

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