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Labels for Education: A New Way to Support Hope-Hill School

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Hope-Hill Elementary now participates in the LABELS FOR EDUCATION program.  The school can redeem the coupons for merchandise to benefit the school, teachers and students. Priscilla Borders, Hope-Hill’s PTA President is encouraging all of the school’s community partners, like UUCA, to CLIP and GIVE to help the school Earn!

It is easy to spot Labels for Education coupons on numerous grocery and household products, such as Campbell’s, V8 Juice, Prego, Dannon, Pepperidge Farm, Glad, and Pop-Secret.  For a complete list of participating products, visit: http://www.labelsforeducation.com/Earn-Points/Participating-Products or stop by the Hope-Hill table in the Social Hall on Sundays.

All you do is:

  • Purchase products that contain Labels for Education coupons;
  • Clip the coupons; and
  • Turn in your coupons at the Hope-Hill table. (Also, there is a collection box mounted on the Hope-Hill bulletin board across from Room 208.)

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Bonus Points.  Through January 31st, help earn 100 BONUS POINTS by collecting 5 UPCs from any Labels for Education participating brands.  We can earn 50 BONUS POINTS by collecting 5 UPCs from Pepperidge Farm products and 5 UPCs from any Campbell’s products.

This is an easy way for UUCA members, friends, and families to support the children and teachers at Hope-Hill.  Get your kids involved.  Ask them to help you spot Labels for Education products in the grocery store.  They can clip (with your help) the coupons and turn them in.  This is a great way to teach kids to be mindful of the needs of others and to encourage their spirit of helpfulness.  Won’t you and your family help?  Thanks for making a difference for Hope-Hill kids and teachers.

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Who is hungry in Bedford Pine?

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Food Insecure – unable to afford enough food for a healthy life.

In this month of Thanksgiving, UUCA is undertakinga BIG food sharing program ( think of 130 food boxes – a pile 10 ft. long x 4 ft. wide x 5ft high… BIG!!)  This is a project for all and we want you to help!  Details at https://promisethechildrenatuuca.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/food-insecurity-1/

The food we collectwill go to families in the Bedford Pine neighborhood in the Old Fourth Ward.  Very many of the Hope-Hill Elementary students UUCA members tutor live in this very poor neighborhood. 

But, you may ask, WHO is hungry in Bedford Pine? 

 We talked to friends at Operation PEACE who live and work in the area and who know the families well…

“Bedford Pine isa federally subsidized housing project with 689 units and 1368 occupants.  Bedford Pine covers 17 city blocks starting at Boulevard & Wabash Ave to Ponce De Leon Ave.  From Parkway Dr & Wabash Ave to Ponce De Leon.

“EVERYONE who lives here is poor99% of the Bedford Pine families  have income below $10,000.00 yearly,  the Federal category of extreme poverty. 

“Here is what a  typical family faces in Bedford Pine Apartments:

“Megan Berry, who has been looking for employment since June of 2012, is a typical family in Bedford Pine. She has three children and receives $330.00 monthly in AFDC benefits.  For her four-member family Megan also receives $668.00 in SNAP benefits (food stamps). Since she is actively looking for employment, $120.00 out of the $330.00 in AFDC benefits goes back to the government towards child care expenses. (AFDC – Aid to Families with Dependent Children)

“Because SNAP benefits were cut this month (Nov), the Berry family will get $36.00 less.  That means four fewer meals for her and her three children, which of course, will result in little or no healthy food. 

“Megan is typical.  The majority of our residents receive food stamps. They are all  people struggling to put healthy food on their tables,“ explained Edna Moffitt, director of Operation PEACE.

 

Food Insecurity.  Defined as:The limited or uncertain availability of enough food, and nutritionally adequate foods for an active, healthy life.  or “People who aren’t sure whether they’ll have food for dinner tonight.”

Being Food Insecure.  It haunts about 20%  of our neighbors in Atlanta. It haunts MOST of the people who live in  Bedford Pine.  It is a way of life for very many of the children who attend Hope-Hill school.

In the coming days, our PTC Food Insecurity posts will consider: Hunger 101- Why people in Bedford Pine are hungry. The Hows and Whys of SNAP.  A Challenge to live a week on SNAP.  Sources of food for food insecure people. What will we do to change it.

Please follow along, and please, let the subject of food insecurity be a topic of conversation with family and friends and colleagues around you!

Here is a link to a 5 minute PBS story that reveals the struggle to eat and live on minimum wage.  It is excellent.  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/nation/july-dec13/minimumwage_11-04.html

 

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TrueBlueSchools: Earn $’s for Hope Hill School!

Here is an easy way for all UUCA members/friends to help Hope-Hill Elementary earn much needed funds.

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If you are a Georgia Natural Gas (GNG) customer, GNG will donate $5 per month for each new and existing customer who goes on-line (www.TrueBlueSchools.com) and selects Hope Hill as their school of choice. Customers who switch to GNG from another provider can receive a savings on their monthly gas bill!**  Call 1-866-ONLYGNG to sign up by phone.

If you are are not a natural gas consumer, you can help by telling family members, friends, and those with whom you do business, i.e. dry cleaner, favorite restaurant/shop, etc., about the TrueBlue Schools Program. You can encourage everyone you know who is a natural gas consumer to sign-up and select Hope Hill Elementary.

We have an amazing potential for helping the school earn big bucks. If we generate 200 sign-ups, Hope Hill could receive $1,000 per month or $12,000 per year! How good would that be! Imagine the difference we can make:

  • Teachers able to obtain specialized learning materials for kids with unique learning needs.
  • Mind-expanding field trips.
  • Special, school-wide academic enrichment programs.

In wealthier schools, parents typically pay for or donate money to cover costs for special programs, events, and resources. Hope Hill is resource poor in comparison to other elementary schools in its cluster. Through our participation in and promotion of TrueBlue Schools, UUCA can make a substantial contribution toward helping the school earn the money it needs to better educate our Hope Hill kids.

Here are the steps to sign-up:

  •  Log onto http://www.TrueBlueSchools.com
  •  Click on Program Details ► How It Works ► Enroll Now. Follow the instructions. You will need your natural gas service account number.
  •  Do not put a hyphen (-) in Hope Hill when you enter the school’s name. Click on Hope Hill Elementary School when it pops-up.
  •  There is an FAQ with complete details about the program on the site.

Join the call of Priscilla Borders, President, Hope Hill PTA for all of the school’s community partners to participate in and promote the TrueBlue Schools Program. To date, the school has earned $555 from the participation of PTA members, school staff, and community partners like UUCA.

Follow the lead of Joy Borra, UUCA member and leader of UUCA’s Promise the Children ministry. When asked why she signed up, Joy said, “With one SHORT online session, I got Georgia Natural Gas to donate $60 a year ($5 a month) of THEIR money, not mine (!) to my favorite school – Hope Hill Elementary! Seemed like a “no-brainer”! If GNG only donated $5 one time, it would not be worth my effort. But they donate $5 every month! $60 a year…$300 in five years…. And I don’t have to do anything more to keep those contributions going. AMAZING!”

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Thanks in advance for helping UUCA make a difference in the lives of the kids at Hope Hill.

** From the FAQ on the TrueblueSchools.com website: “The monthly donation of $5/month is NOT added to your gas bill. In fact, it doesn’t cost you anything to sign up for the TrueBlue Schools program. GNG’s rates will not be raised to pay for this program or donations.”

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