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First and foremost, I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe.

As a supporter of Big Shoulders Fund, you are critical to our mission and we will do our best to keep you updated as we navigate through these unprecedented challenges with our students and school communities.  To date, we have raised more than $500,000 toward our $3 million goal for the Big Shoulders Fund COVID-19 Emergency Fund. This Emergency Fund will assist with everything from increasing food accessibility, supporting e-learning programs, and providing scholarships for families losing their jobs. In the coming weeks, we plan to send regular updates to share news from Big Shoulders Fund and our schools.
There is much uncertainty going on, but one thing is for sure, Big Shoulders Fund schools are still beacons of hope supporting their communities during this time. The school buildings may be closed, but learning and community building is still happening. Below you will find a few highlights.

My very best,

Josh Hale
President & CEO
Food Distribution
Through a unique gift to the Big Shoulders Fund COVID-19 Emergency Fund from the Lavin Family Foundation, 13 Big Shoulders Fund schools, and counting, are partnering with local, community-based restaurants to provide meals to families in need. As of April 2, Big Shoulders Fund has distributed 1,500 meals through this partnership, and the program will continue for the foreseeable future.
Big Shoulders Fund schools are more than rising to the challenge of distance learning.  CBS-2 recognized preschool teacher Denise King at St. John de la Salle Academy and the Greater Southwest News-Herald ran a story on St. Nicholas of Tolentine for the innovative ways principal Dr. Menden and teachers are helping to keep their school families engaged and on routine.  St. Gall School and Principal Caitlin Lee are featured in this Chicago Tribune article for their efforts to ensure students have access to the technology and resources they need, including distributing hot spots and digital devices and conducting wellness calls to families who may need more support. 

For a little inspiration be sure to follow Big Shoulders Fund on social media and continue to check our Instagram E-Learning highlight.
Professional Support
This week Big Shoulders Fund sponsored two webinars to engage with and support our schools - providing best practices and tips for engagement via social media with school families and a wellness seminar in partnership with xSEL Labs, to discuss a social and emotional support approach to caring for ourselves, staff, and our students. Collectively, nearly 60 Big Shoulders Fund administrators and teachers participated in these opportunities.
Save the Date!
Big Shoulders Fund's biennial Humanitarian Award Dinner, honoring Beth and Bruce White, has been rescheduled  to Friday, October 23, 2020, at 6 pm at the Hilton Chicago. For more information or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Amelia Drozda.
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