Thursday, April 22, 2010

Vacaville Reporter - Vacaville has funds coming in!

Vacaville United School District's Support Our Students campaign has funds coming in
By Ryan Chalk / The Reporter
Posted: 04/22/2010 01:03:26 AM PDT

Forced to deal with California's budget crisis, school districts across the state have had to come up with creative solutions to maintain programs and keep class sizes small.

In the last month or so, Vacaville Unified School District has identified itself as a leader in finding innovative methods to raise money for schools. As education funding in the state has reached crisis mode, the district has responded with its Support Our Students campaign. Through the work of dedicated parents, teachers, school officials and concerned community members and local businesses, the much needed funds are coming in.

The fundraising campaign grabbed headlines earlier this month when it debuted a mobile texting feature. By using a mobile device such as a cell phone, anyone can donate to the campaign by texting SOS to 25383 and make a $10 donation.

The SOS committee is made up of Parent Teacher Association/Organization members representing each school in the district along with district staff and concerned community members. The goal is to raise $1 million through an intense grassroots campaign that has a deadline of May 31.

The urgency stems from an estimated $8 million cut the district could face for the 2010-11 school year. This comes after the district has been forced to make roughly $17 million in cuts over the past few years due to state budget shortfalls.

Nearly $30,000 has been raised so far through various fundraising activities.

Last weekend, Orchard, Callison and Padan elementary schools held rummage sales which brought in several thousand dollars. Hemlock parents also raised $670 in raffle ticket sales at the Home and Garden Show over the weekend. Pacific Ace Hardware in Vacaville donated a decorative iron bicycle to the school for the raffle.

The list of fundraising events continues to grow.

Callison Elementary is hosting a "Stampin' Up!" stamp camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 8 in the multipurpose room. Those who register by April 30 can make 20 different projects for $20 and 50 percent of the fee will go to SOS. Contact M. Amber Geehan at 320-0558, or e-mail for details.

Nugget Market in Vacaville has also partnered with the SOS campaign and through April 30, shoppers can make a tax deductible donation at the checkstand. Donation amount will appear at the bottom of the receipt.

The AAA branch at 555 Mason St., in Vacaville has also partnered with the campaign. AAA will make a donation whenever a customer mentions the Vacaville Unified School District or SOS. They will donate $5 for those who come in for an insurance quote, $10 for a policy, $20 for multiple policies (auto and homeowners), and $20 for a life insurance policy. For more information, call AAA at 451-7127.

To keep up with fundraising events or to make a donation, log on to or www.vusdsos.blogspot .com. To mail a donation, send to: SOS/VUSD Budget Crisis Fund, 751 School St., Vacaville, CA 95688.

An instructional video on how to text donations to the SOS fund is also included on the VUSD Web site.

The next meeting of the VUSD/SOS committee is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday inside the Country High School conference room, 100 McClellan St., Vacaville.

Vacaville School District SOS Campaign

6 Benefits of Giving

Today is SOS Thursday and a great day to share our message about SOS. Be sure to wear your shirts and tell atleast 10 people about what we are accomplishing in our little town!

I am always looking for a good message to share with everyone and today I found this FANTASTIC article written by Carla McNeil. It is based on 6 Benifits of Giving. Do you know 6 reasons why it is good to give? You can read ALL of Carla's Article HERE. But here is the important part I want to share!


6 Benefits of Giving
By:Carla McNeil

We need to ensure a future generation of givers, it is never too early for families and society to cultivate children's generous and charitable impulses.

Benefits of Giving:

1. Put it on your resume - it can be very beneficial to indicate any charity work or giving that you do in your life because it will give your future employer a better picture of who you are. Being a generous, giving person are traits that many employers are looking for.

2. Improve your health - research done on the "Helpers High" indicates that it can improve our immune system, assist us to live longer and act as an antidote to chronic pain and even insomnia.

3. Develop relationships - when you get out and become involved in a local charity or organization you meet other people who are of like mind. This can create new friendships in your life which are beneficial in many ways.

Life is not about you, but what you can do with your life.

4. Have fun - I will always remember the fun I have had being involved in the United Way campaigns or dog-walking for our local SPCA. Building the team, participating in the activities and assisting other in realizing the benefits of giving are very powerful.

5. Develop new skills - no matter what type of activities you choose, whether it be helping out at your local food bank, soup kitchen or SPCA, chances are that new skills are there for you to learn.

6. Reduce your stress - release of endorphins, more commonly known as the "feel good' chemicals that help combat stress.

We don't judge; giving is giving, and the people to whom you donate will always be appreciative, regardless of your motives. More good news: you don't just have to donate money - you can donate food, clothes, pet supplies, blood, or time.


Giving is giving! Please GIVE today and either TEXT SOS to 25383 or go to the link at the top of this blog or mail a check to the Vacaville Unified School District SOS CRISIS FUND! You will make a difference for 13,611 children.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Successfull Weekend! We raised almost $3000!!!

This weekend was a pretty great example of how easy it is to pull off a simple event or a "bigger" not so simple event.

On Friday, Hemlock Elementary School, approached the SOS committee with an idea to host a raffle at the Home and Garden Show. The H&G Show actually started on FRIDAY, so there wasn't a whole lot of time to prepare. They pitched their idea, received a donation for a rot-iron bike from Ace Hardware (LOVE THAT STORE) and then went to work. They connected with Emma Close to Home and set up the raffle and helped to spread the SOS message. After the H&G Show was over, they had raised $670!! The whole amount was donated to SOS! That is pretty amazing when you think about how simple and quick the whole thing was pulled together!

What a little more planning can do...

Callison Elementary School decided a couple of weeks ago that they wanted to host a Rummage Sale. They created a flier asking for donations and volunteers. On Friday their plans kicked into action. They had a truck driving around town picking up items for the sale, they had people dropping off truck loads of stuff and even a moving truck show up with a ton of stuff for the event. Volunteers showed up to help price things and to help layout the items. On Saturday, the Rummage Sale started and continued until Sunday. The event was amazing! They had furniture that didn't even last past the first few hours! On Sunday, when the totals were calculated they raised $2,205!!

Over all this weekend was FANTASTIC! We raised almost $3,000!!!!


Brigitte Aton left a little message on our Facebook Page - "The bookends of achieving our goals are decisions & discipline. Decisions help us start. Discipline helps us finish." Way to go team SOS. Lets keep our eyes on the goal!