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Greetings Big Shoulders Fund Supporters,

‘Tis indeed the most wonderful time of the year!  A time filled with special moments, traditions, uplifting stories, and the hope of a New Year filled with new possibilities and opportunities! In many ways, this special season often reminds me of walking into a Big Shoulders Fund school...a special experience, many traditions, uplifting stories, and so much hope for new opportunities and brighter futures!  When I received the note linked here from a principal of a Big Shoulders Fund school, it reminded me of the feeling generated by our schools – the feeling of uplifting, hope-filled, loving communities. It also reminded me of everything our friends and supporters have done to ensure these strong, community-based institutions continue to remain open to serve families who so desperately need them. Thanks to your generosity, and the inspired leadership of our principals and teachers, Big Shoulders Fund schools not only stayed open through the pandemic, but saw a jump in enrollment as more students and families chose to join these communities. Even more, your support gave us the ability to serve more children and partner with them in finding more special experiences that lead toward pathways to new possibilities and opportunities!

I hope very much that you will take a minute to read this heartwarming note and to be inspired by the individuals who are paying it forward across our network of schools! Thank you so very much for always being that concerned neighbor, lending a hand in partnership to make our City a better place for all!

All my very best,

Josh Hale
President & CEO

Give Back Day Success

Thank you to the more than 50 volunteers who joined us this past Saturday at our December Give Back Day at Our Lady of Tepeyac Elementary School and High School. In just three hours you helped this school community with landscaping, cleaning, organizing, and more!

View pictures from the day here.
Spreading Cheer

Thank you to CC's Wish List, Enchanted Backpack, the Lavin Family Foundation and longtime Big Shoulders Fund supporter Carol Lavin Bernick who provided holiday gifts for every family at St. Margaret of Scotland School.

We are grateful for their continued support of our mission.

Devices for Students

We are so excited that through our partnership with St. Joseph Services, we are continuing to bridge the digital divide and provide a combined 343 new devices to five additional Big Shoulders Fund schools, making each school’s student to device ratio 1:1!
Make A Difference
Achieve your New Year's fitness goals and create an immeasurable impact in the lives of our network of students by joining the Big Shoulders Fund Racing Team! Registration to take on the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is open!
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