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30 Days 4 Change!

April was a whirlwind of a month, and we loved every minute of it!

The students at Bentonville High School who participated in “30 Days 4 Change” did an amazing job.

With the help of Scott Herron, Teacher and Student Advisor, the groups were able to accomplish a tremendous amount for local organizations.

We are excited to announce that winner of the first ever 30 Days for Change & a grant of $1,000 is….LifeSource International.

Congratulations to the student group who made this possible- Kelly Xia, Emily Sellers and Shelby Thompson.

Thanks to Kevin Fitzpatrick, Corrie Rusch, Kim Garret, and Mary Ley for sitting on the judges panel. We are grateful for their commitment to Cobblestone BHS, and caring about the needs of our community. Their participation in this initiative only validated what the students campaigns.

Mary Ley the Executive Director of Communication/PR & Community Partnerships for Bentonville Public Schools, said she had an incredible experience and loved what the students were able to learn. “After yesterday, I went home on  top of the world thinking of what wonderful kids, teachers, and community we live in.”

With the judges expertise and deep roots in our community, they helped make the decision to name LifeSource the winners.

The judging criteria was based on; impact, sustainability, creativity and social innovation.

They felt that the LifeSource group went above and beyond on all of these areas, and created a model that will continue for years to come. They constructed and built 4 raised garden beds on the property of LifeSource Int. Fresh produce is something that will benefit their food pantry and provide healthy meals to the under-resourced in our community.

All of the students did a wonderful job, and choosing a winner was not an easy task. Here is a recap of all the groups accomplished during 30 Days for Change:

99 Balloons: Led by Elliott Miller, Caroline Fox, Courtney Cassin, and Marissa Spear raised over $700 to send medical equipment to an orphanage in Ukraine. They also participated in a monthly volunteer opportunity, and raised awareness of rEcess at BHS.

7Hills: Led by Sarah Newton, Haley Hogue, Myles Markey, Erin Mertes,  and Ellen Mertes. Over $1,000 was raised by this group to help the initiatives at 7 Hills. They sold bracelets to local neighborhoods and shared the mission behind 7 Hills.

Saving Grace: Led by Morgan Drish, Hannah Amerson, Morgan Jones, Lindsey Martin, and Demi Moore. The students were able to help spread the word about Saving Grace. They took student polls, handed out brochures, and promoted the services Saving Grace provides. They improved their social media campaign and helped create new marketing materials for the organization.

The groups not only met needs of local organizations, they were able to learn about our community as well.  We know that students like these are our future. They can change not only Northwest Arkansas, but the world.

We were honored to partner with them on this journey and we are looking forward to next year. If you are interested in learning more, or getting involved- email us here.

 

30 Days for Change

The “30 days 4 Change” student groups from Bentonville High School have been hard at work with their local nonprofit partners (Samaritan Community Center, 99 Balloons, Life Source, Saving Grace, and 7 Hills)!

The month of April has been busy as the groups  continue to implement their impact campaigns.

The group partnered with SAMCC is planning a can food drive to stock the food pantry at the center. They will be hosting it through Bentonville High School, and local Bentonville Neighborhoods. The Rogers Samaritan Center serves 100-150 families/week through their food pantry, and are in need of canned goods.

99 Balloons helps others engage children with special needs along with their families, locally and globally.  The BHS student group is volunteering with rEcess, and raising funds to send equipment to children to Ukraine.

Life Source International and the BHS Students are building raised garden beds on location at LifeSource. LifeSource desires to help families in need in Northwest Arkansas, and will be able to provide good, healthy options through raised garden beds.

The Saving Grace Group has planned to help with new marketing materials, and promotion for their Butterflies & Blooms Event. The students are also polling those in their school to collect data for Saving Grace, as they plan for a new campaign.

The 7 Hills team will be hosting an event to raise awareness about homelessness in NWA. The group plans to spend the night outside to raise awareness and money for 7 Hills.

This is the full last week for the students participating in 30 Days for Change, and there is still plenty to be done.

Our next in school meeting will be April 26th, followed by the finale day on April 30th. The judges panel will take place on May 7th and the winners will be announced that night.

Don’t forget to check back to see the latest updates,pictures and stories.

“30 Days 4 Change” Student Teams are on their way…

April 1st was the kick off of the 2012 Campaign for “30 Days 4 Change” an initiative designed to engage students ideas with new approaches to addressing community needs.

The 5 student groups are paired with 5 Northwest Arkansas Nonprofits that include Samaritan Community Center, 7 Hills Homeless Center, Lifesource International, Saving Grace & 99 Balloons.  Each student group is charged with developing an action plan to address some of the organizational needs.

Today was the regroup of week 1 for 30D4C, and we had an opportunity to get a quick look at the work that is underway.

We’ll be posting periodic updates over the next 3 weeks, and you can also follow along with 30D4C at

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30 Days 4 Change 2012 Campaign Begins Now!

On April 1st, Bentonville High School Students Kick off the first “30 Days 4 Change” campaign targeted at making a positive difference in our community!

30 Days 4 Change is designed to…

  • Engage students to inspire new ideas and new approaches to community needs.
  • Expose nonprofit organizations to a new generation who desire to make positive change.
  • Provide opportunities for ideas to be replicated by other nonprofit organizations.

Groups have been paired with a Northwest Arkansas Nonprofit Organization addressing poverty related issues and have from April 1st to April 30th to work towards tangible change, awareness, advocacy, and solutions.

At the end of 30 days, the student groups will be evaluated by a panel of regional poverty and educational experts to determine which organizations campaign was moved furthest forward.  As a result of the students efforts, that organization will be awarded a $1,000 “30 Days 4 Change” capacity building grant.

Students will be evaluated based on…

  • Alignment: Initiative Alignment to NonProfit Organizational Mission.
  • Measured Impact: Initiative Measured Impact to original Initiative Scope.
  • Replication: Initiative’s Ability to be Replicated by other Organizations & Student Groups
  • NonProfit Evaluation: Evaluation of Students Ability to Work Together as a Team.

You may follow the progress of the “30 Days 4 Change Campaign” at…

2012 Partner Organizations & Campaign Scope

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30D4C Group 1

Partner Organization: 99 Balloons

Team Members:

Organizations stated need for 30 Days 4 Change: Recruit volunteers to serve at rEcess & raising funds to pay for shipping wheelchairs to Ukraine for special needs children.

Students Mission: To raise money for shipping wheelchairs to Urkaine & recruiting volunteers for rEcess.

How does 30D4C support organizations mission? Volunteers are backbone of rEcess & as the program grows, more volunteers will be needed to support special needs families in Northwest Arkansas. Additionally, there is a need for wheelchairs to support a 99 Balloons Ukraine project.

Desired end results of 30D4C: Raise minimum $750 to cover cost of shipping & recruit volunteers.

How will 30D4C effort/impact be measured? By raising the required money and having volunteers sign up to serve.

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30D4C Group 2

Partner Organization: Samaritan Community Center

Team Name: Minoriteam

Team Members:

  • Ashley Worthey*
  • Mallory Cibulka
  • Lindsey Martin
  • Mason Jones
  • Diane Wang
  • Blake Basham
  • Matt Phelan

Organizations stated need for 30 Days 4 Change: Collection of food to support Samaritan Community Center’s Food Pantry operations.

Students Mission: OCFD aka “Operation Canned Food Drive”

How does 30D4C support organizations mission? Help to provide food for those at risk for hunger in our community.

Desired end results of 30D4C: A pantry loaded with food

How will 30D4C effort/impact be measured? Students will construct a thermometer chart to keep progress of collected food to the goal.

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30D4C Group 3

Partner Organization: 7 Hills Homeless Center

Team Name: HTH

Team Members:

Organizations stated need for 30 Days 4 Change: Awareness of homelessness in Bentonville

Students Mission: We plan on organizing an event and gather people to be “homeless for a night” (sleep outside) and maybe raise money as we do.

How does 30D4C support organizations mission? This can hopefully bring awareness because it is not what you would usually see in Bentonville.

Desired end results of 30D4C: To bring awareness to Bentonville that homelessness is an issue because many 7 Hills clients are from Bentonville.

How will 30D4C effort/impact be measured? Amount of people that end up hearing about the event (awareness).

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30D4C Group 4

Partner Organization: Saving Grace

Team Members:

  • Morgan Drish*
  • Hannah Amerson
  • Morgan Jones
  • Lindsey Martin

Organizations stated need for 30 Days 4 Change: Communications & Marketing of Saving Grace’s mission in Northwest Arkansas to include: 1) Improved communication materials (i.e. brochures), 2) Marketing and spread the word , and 3) collection basic needs items for Saving Grace

Students Mission: To improve brochures and to let the women of NW Arkansas be aware of the Saving Grace home

How does 30D4C support organizations mission? Raising awareness to broaden their ministry

Desired end results of 30D4C: To distribute as may brochures as possible.

How will 30D4C effort/impact be measured? The feedback received and the number of brochures distributed.

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30D4C Group 5

Partner Organization: Lifesource International

Team Members:

  • Kelly Xia*
  • Emily Sellers
  • Shelby Thompson
  • Alex Piceror
  • Marisa Piceror

Organizations stated need for 30 Days 4 Change: Fresh foods (non canned foods) & Non perishable food such as rice or beans.

Students Mission: Our group would like to build four raised garden beds for Lifesource. We would also like to get pipes to redirect gutter water into a 55 gallon bucket.

How does 30D4C support organizations mission? By building these raised garden beds we are providing Lifesource with a source of fresh foods and vegetables. We also wanted to redirect the gutter water in a way so all the rain water would go into a bucket and that’s how they would water their plants. That way they wouldn’t have to pay for the water or the sewage afterward.

Desired end results of 30D4C: By the end of this project we want the garden beds up and running. We also would like to inform children how to grow and produce their own raised garden beds at home. So they can have fresh food at home. By the end of the project we would like to have made a great impact for Lifesource.

How will 30D4C effort/impact be measured? 1) measure our results by how much effort we have put into our project. Already we have informed our friends and family about our project and asking for donation. I have also been to Lowe’s multiple times to find the most efficient way to build our raised garden beds. We our also going to do a fundraiser at Jonny Bursco, 2) you could measure our results by how many garden beds we are able to build, 3) measure our result how much our garden beds will benefit Lifesource.

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For more information on 30 Days 4 Change, please email 30D4C@CobblestoneProject.org