MacDill Big for a Day
A BIG thank you to all of our MacDill volunteers that brought a smile to our Little’s faces on Monday, October 21st, at Mac Dill Air Force Base! On this day, around 70 of our waiting list kids got a chance to have a member of the military serve as their 'Big for a day' while enjoying a multitude of different activities on base. Littles enjoyed checking out the fire department, Hangar 3, Aircrew Flight Equipment and just chatting with service men and women!
The Art of Helping Children Gala : Highlight of the Night
Our annual Art of Helping Children Gala was an amazing event filled with high-class decor and entertainment! Over 550 guests attended and helped raise more than $ 300,000 to support our mentoring programs! Two guests in particular, Little Brother Davone made the event even more spectacular. Little Brother, Davone, had been waiting for a Big Brother for more than a year. Guest cried as they watched Davonne meet his Big Brother, Daniel Petrilla, for the very first time!
Malek's Reading Success!
Little Brother, Malek, was matched with his Big Sister, Maie Khalil, in January of last year at Shaw Elementary and they have already accomplished some BIG goals! Malek was below level in reading and at risk for being held back in the first grade when he met his Big Sister. When the teacher learned that they were already matched in our after school one-to-one mentoring program, she rearranged the Reading PAL groups so Malek could meet alone with his Big Sister rather than in a group setting for extra support. Even after this Reading PAL time, they still got more time together during the after school program for their normal match visits.
When summer reading camp ended, school officials notified Malek and his family that he would indeed be promoted to the second grade! We are very proud of Malek and Maie for all of the hard work they have put in together to work towards Malek's reading success. Maie continues to go above and beyond as a caring Big Sister and Malek is seeing just how obtainable his goals really can be when he sets his mind to it.
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