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State Farm Awards $7,500 Grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Funds to embed service learning in Allegan County High School Bigs program

Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring has been awarded a $7,500 grant from State Farm. The funds will enable 80 Allegan County elementary and high school students, who are part of the agency’s High School Bigs program, to engage in service learning activities. High School Big/Little matches are comprised of one high school student who mentors an elementary school student from their school district.

“This grant will allow us to embed service learning into the High School Bigs’ program,” says Amy Kuchta, Big Brothers Big Sisters chief executive officer. “The students will decide which local agency or agencies to adopt. They will then develop and execute a project to support the agency’s mission.”

Local State Farm agent Sabrina Pritchett-Evans is excited about encouraging students to further their community involvement. “Service to our communities is very important to State Farm and through this grant we will encourage students to give back to their city,” Pritchett-Evans says. “The older students are already giving back by being mentors but this will broaden their service and show the younger students the benefits of volunteering.”

Students in the High School Bigs program meet once a week for 45 minutes to play games, do homework together, talk, and now through the State Farm grant, volunteer. “The Bigs develop a friendship with their Littles and the younger students really look up to the older students,” Kuchta says. “Because of the caring relationship that develops, the younger students’ school performance is boosted and self-confidence is raised, putting the children on a path to greater success.

“We appreciate State Farm’s support as we strive to achieve our mission of providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever,” Kuchta says.

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