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Kohlís Goes the Extra Mile
Kohlís Store in Ahwatukee, AZ, and 20 employees walked the walk with 27 of our kids on August 8, 2009, as they shopped for school. What began as a simple inquiry to Assistant Store Manager Deanna Madril as to whether Saturday would be a good time for Flight 33 volunteers to bring our kids shopping, turned into a major event sponsored by Kohlís. Deanna led us to Store Manager Lindsey Marsh who organized a morning of shopping for our kids, ages 6-13.
Each volunteer from Kohlís paired up with a child and received a 3x5-inch card which listed colors, items, and sizes needed for that child. These volunteers took time and effort to find just the right clothes and shoes, and to make sure that they fit. Little Jesus was so thrilled to try on his new shirt and uniform pants that he didnít want to take them off. Anbelen loved her new shoes so much that she didnít take them off!
One by one the children brought up their new clothes to the check-out register that was reserved just for them. The Kohlís volunteers helped each child make certain they had the right items and ensured that we received their generous discount and sale prices. Once the children checked out, they went to the break room with their volunteer to have breakfast.
Lindsey Marsh and the Kohlís volunteers gave up their Saturday morning to give our kids time, attention, and care. They also warmly welcomed our Flight 33 volunteers. It doesnít get any better than that, but to top it off, management is applying for a grant from Kohlís which would go to Flight 33.
All of us from Flight 33 send our most heartfelt thanks to Lindsey Marsh and the wonderful Kohlís volunteers!
Walking the Walk as School Begins
Every child wants to do well in school. Every child begins the year with that hope. Thatís why Flight 33 puts a big emphasis on giving kids a chance to start the school year strong. Despite our tough economic times, people still donated school supplies and money to help buy supplies. These generous donations enabled Flight 33 to do the following:
1. Hold a school supply giveaway at the library in Guadalupe in which 65 children
were given supplies
2. Deliver school supplies and backpacks to 60 children
3. Fully outfit 40 children for school with uniforms, shoes, socks, and underwear.
4. Continue to give supplies to children that come to the library for tutoring
throughout the year.
We owe a big debt of gratitude to all of our donors who are "walking the walk" with these kids as they begin this new school year! (Be on the watch for our new project, ďSole Connection,Ē which will emphasize new shoe donations at Christmas and in January.)
Many Thanks to Our Flight Knights!
There are some things we can count on in life and for the past four years, Flight 33 has counted on the Lady Knights and Knights of Columbus, Council 11999. From backpacks to pajamas to camping trips, Flight 33 has been on the receiving end. In August each year, parishioners of Holy Spirit Church in Tempe donate a mountain of school supplies at an ice cream social sponsored by the Lady Knights. At Christmas, the Lady Knights have given a check for blankets, pajamas, and other needs of the children. In July of 2008 and 2009, the Knights gave a scholarship for a young man to go to St. Josephís Youth Camp. (Read a letter from Richard, the 2009 scholarship recipient.) These dedicated people work hard and give a great deal of time to help those less fortunate. Flight 33 salutes the Knights and Lady Knights!
The Best Example
July 14, 2009
Rosie Tavena was driven. Graduation was all she talked about for the past two years. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow would stop her, which in Tempe, Arizona, is usually not a problem, but rain it did! On May 21, 2009, graduation at Marcos de Niza High School took place outside on the football field. Rosieís family, extended family, and the Flight 33 crew turned out, umbrellas and all, to celebrate Rosieís night.
Rosie is the oldest of seven children and the first to graduate from high school. Her mother, father and grandparents were so filled with pride. When Rosie made up her mind that she was going to graduate on time, she used everything in her means to do just that. If she had any questions on assignments or projects she did not hesitate to go to her teachers or to the Flight 33 crew at the library. Sometimes the going would get tough for her, because of personal issues, but she braved through it and made it.
Rosie participated in the Flight 33 program for 10 years and now continues by helping other students and helping with special projects. Rosieís next step is to attend South Mountain Community College where she is going to begin a program towards a degree in Special Education. While going to school she would like to have a job as a paraprofessional, assisting in a Special Education department at the high school level. There is no doubt that Rosie will accomplish what she has set out to do. She has made up her mind and there is no stopping her. What a great example for her four sisters and two brothers and for the whole community of Guadalupe, Arizona!
Peace Is the Goal Returns to Guadalupe
Mitch and Paul Arnold from Peace Is the Goal returned to Guadalupe to hold a soccer clinic for Flight 33 kids on April 16 at the fields at Frank School. Peace Is the Goal founder is Mitchell Arnold, a 15 year old soccer player and certified referee from Fort Atkinson High School in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Mitch, along with his dad, Paul, long-time U14/U12 coach for traveling soccer teams in Fort Atkinson, ran the clinic. It was 100% free.
Once again, this camp taught Flight 33 kids some of the important skills to playing soccer, including dribbling, passing, shooting, throw-ins, goalkeeping and defense. Twenty-one kids took part in a scrimmage at the end of the instruction. Even some of our volunteers bravely took part. Mitch and Paul generously handed out trophies, medals, and soccer balls to the winners and participants. Most of the children have never had the chance to take part in an activity in which they could win a trophy or a medal. They were so excited.
One thing that stood out this year was the enthusiasm of the youth that took part. They were so happy to have Mitch back in town, to get the chance to learn more soccer skills and have a good time doing it. New recruits also took part and completely enjoyed themselves. As Mitch and Paul drove away, I heard the kids yelling, ďSee you next year!Ē We all look forward to seeing them back in Guadalupe next spring.
For more information on Peace is the Goal see the article below from last yearís camp.
NEWS: 2009 | 2008 | 2007