A HUGE thank you to everyone who supported the OP Families in Need of Covid-19 Assistance Gofundme campaign.
We raised over $18,000 and were able to purchase Tops gift cards of $63 for 288 families in need in our community. These are being distributed by the OPCSD. Extra thanks to the following groups and individuals who donated over $250:
Orchard Park SRP Association - $2,000
716 Rainbow Hunt - $1,675
McGard - $1,000
OPCSD Extra Class Funds - $900
Bernie and Catherine Weber - $600
South Davis Faculty and Staff - $275
Tops Friendly Markets - Nearly $1,000 in discounts and extra gift cards for the most in need families
OPFAE - $1,600
Orchard Park is truly a wonderful, giving community. Thank you again for your help in making a difference to our friends and neighbors during these difficult times.
Your support is greatly appreciated. If you would like to contribute click on the donate now button.
The Heads Up program, developed to help high school students learn and practice life skills, is a collaboration of the Orchard Park Foundation for Academic Excellence, Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce, Bryant & Stratton Institute and the Great Erie Federal Credit Union and has been presented in the Orchard Park Schools since 2016. The materials are created by staff from Bryant & Stratton Institute.
In its first year, the fall of 2016, a forty minute presentation was made to each freshman (400+). The lesson, focusing on how to introduce yourself and shake hands in a social setting as well as asking open ended questions in order to continue a social conversation, was presented by young professionals who were volunteers from the UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Leadership Buffalo and several local corporations.
As we move into the 2019-20 school year, the Heads Up Program will be presented as follows:
- Freshmen receive the handshake presentation from young professionals.
- Sophomores receive a presentation on finding where their passion meets their natural talent to create their perfect career. This will be presented by professionals who have meshed their passions with their talents in finding their own career path and would like to share their experiences with the students while helping the students reflect on their own passions and talents.
- Juniors receive a presentation on creating their 30 second elevator speech from young professionals who can benefit from teaching this lesson as well as creating their own elevator speech.
In order to present to over 400 students in each class group, many volunteers are needed. Volunteers receive training on the materials and practice presenting from the staff at Bryant & Stratton Institute. Volunteers can participate for one class period (40 minutes) or over several classes during the school day, depending on their availability. Volunteers ideally work in teams of two in the classroom.
Volunteers not only have the satisfaction of teaching new skills to high school students; they also become role models for the students, gain presentation skills and meet other like-minded professionals. If you would like to participate in this program, please contact Lee Backus at Lnbackus1@gmail.com or call 716 983 2908.
The sponsors of this program are eager to extend this program to other schools. If you are interested in taking the Heads Up Program to your school, please contact Lee Backus at the above e-mail or phone number.