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