Holyoke, September 2013 – The Gap located at the Holyoke Mall provided free school supplies for members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Holyoke as part of their “Supplies for School kids” initiative.
Customers shopping at The Gap from August 1 – August 4th were invited to donate school supplies or cash contributions and received a 20% off coupon. A total of $570 cash was received and several boxes of school supplies.
“We are grateful to The Gap for helping the children we serve start the school year on a ‘level playing field’ with their peers,” said Eileen D. Cavanaugh, President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Holyoke. “The school supplies from The Gap will provide an important academic incentive to our members.”
“These are tough times for public schools and for many families in this area,” said Judy Gould, general manager of the Gap store at the Holyoke Mall.
“Our goal is to be sure every child gets the supplies they need and to minimize the amount of out-of-pocket teachers spend for school supplies.”
Gap Inc. is a corporate sponsor of Boys & Girls Club of America and has been instrumental in developing and supporting academic success programming. Over the past 12 years, Boys & Girls Club members have benefited from the resources provided by Gap Inc and their branded store teams: Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Factory stores.
Staples for Students Social Media Messaging
• Help kids be prepared 4 school! Visit @staples stores & donate $1 or more with 100% benefiting our local Club youth! http://bit.ly/ltxgIM
• Thanks 2 @staples & the community 4 helping Club members get the tools they need 2 succeed. Join the effort at your local Staples store.
• Join @staples, @BGCA_Clubs & @JakeTAustin in helping our Club members with supplies just in time for back to school. http://bit.ly/ltxgIM
Relevant Twitter Handles
Jake T. Austin: @JakeTAustin
Boys & Girls Clubs of America: @BGCA_Clubs
Sample Facebook Posts
• The 6th Annual Staples for Students Supply Drive is collecting donations for school supplies for our Club youth. Help support our Club members by visiting a local Staples store to donate! Visit www.staplesforstudents.org for info.
• The new school year is right around the corner and the Staples for Students Supply Drive is collecting donations for our Boys & Girls Club youth in need. Join the effort by donating at your local Staples store or visit www.staplesforstudents.org to see how you can get involved.
Relevant Facebook pages
Staples Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/staples
Staples for Students Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/staplesforstudents
Jake T. Austin Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JakeTAustin
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bgca.clubs
HOLYOKE - Each year Westfield Bank awards a $1,000 scholarship to a senior in each of its communities. This year the winner from its Holyoke locations was Kristina O’Neil, who will be attending Emmanuel College in the fall. Pictured is Sheryl Fleming, Westfield Branch Manager, awarding and O’Neil.
HOLYOKE - Westfield Bank presented a check to the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club from its 160th Anniversary Charitable Raffle for $1,000 .
July 31st through August 3rd, when you come to the Gap at the Holyoke Mall and donate school supplies for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, you will receive 25% off your full priced purchase at the Gap!!
Some examples of supplies needed include:
• Lined Paper
• Construction Paper
Offer valid from 7/31/2013 through 8/3/2013 at the Gap at the Holyoke Mall only. Not valid at Gap Outlet, Gap Factory Store, The Gap Generation or online. Discount applies to regular price merchandise only, not to GiftCards. Not valid on JunkFood and Charmlt®. Coupon is good for one time use and must be surrendered at time of purchase. Limit one coupon per customer per transaction. Not responsible for lost or stolen coupons. Offer can be combined with Rewards Cards, but excludes Gap Inc. employee discount and all other offers and discounts. Price adjustments allowed only once within 7 days of previous purchase. Cashiers Use Discount Code: 25REG
Maria L. Burke
For Immediate Release – May 21, 2013
EXCEPTIONAL TEEN WINS THE GREATER HOLYOKE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
“YOUTH OF THE YEAR” HONOR
Holyoke, MA –The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke is pleased to announce the winner of our Youth of the Year Angelica Flores. Angie, as she likes to be called, is a true example of an extraordinary young woman. She is among hundreds of local youth across the country recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The designation recognizes outstanding contributions Angie has made to her family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club.
Angie, along with youth from other local Clubs, will be honored at the Western Massachusetts Youth of the Year Dinner at Ludlow Country Club on May 29, 2013 The dinner is sponsored by Comcast and the 99 Restaurants.
Angie is a senior at Holyoke High School and will graduate on June 2, 2013. While attending Holyoke High, Angie’s artwork was chosen for display at the city wide art program, The Heart of Holyoke. She was also recognized by the Renaissance Program for motivation and effort achieved each quarter by students.
Angie is a member of HBGC Keystone Club as well as a teen member and peer leader. She has shown great dedication to her education and life goals. From early in life Angie knew she wanted to become a firefighter / paramedic. In September of this year Angie will attend Springfield Technical Community College to pursue a degree in fire science. Upon completion of her college education, Angie hopes to return to Holyoke and join the honorable ranks of the Holyoke Fire Department.
“I am so pleased that Angie has been chosen as our Youth of the Year. Each day she exemplifies all that is good about being part of our Club, from her work with the younger children to her assistance at so many outreach events with The Keystone Club, Angie makes me proud,” shared Club President Eileen D. Cavanaugh.
The Youth of the Year program encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Club.
For 121 years, the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. Our primary mission is to serve the underprivileged population in the city of Holyoke. HBGC offers programs to youth aged 5-19 in five core areas: sports and recreation; education and career; leadership development; the arts; and health and life skills. Our recreation facilities, programs and services make the link between the youths’ academic success and their overall development. HBGC also serves the whole family through regular events, an adult education program, and workshops for parents and families.
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