Dear friends and families of SAMS,
It’s hard to believe the end of the year is here. The 2016-2017 year is nearly halfway over, and it seems like just the other day when many of us got together behind the school for our Back-to-School celebration. The end of the calendar year means winter break and the holidays. As we get closer to both of these, we want to announce the kick-off of the SAMS Community Fund (SCF).
We are establishing the SAMS Community Fund to help guarantee all students and families have the same access to everything that makes our community awesome. Here at SAMS, we see students and families who are unable to participate, experience, and enjoy this community fully. For example, students often need certain clothing items for concerts, sporting events, and Work Hard/Play Hard days. Or food gets tight over the extended breaks when some of our students cannot receive the two meals they usually get during the week. Bus passes for our students to use for transportation to sporting events or after-school rides home is just another example.
We recognize there are many structures in place to support families. It’s just that there are small, seemingly inexpensive costs that prevent all kids from enjoying everything this school and community has to offer. We know kids who are hesitant to even tell their parents about these little expenses because they know asking will cause stress. In the past, we have come together as a staff to cover these costs and expenses, yet, recently, the needs are becoming more and more constant. We are excited to launch our SAMS Community Fund in hopes that we can provide a more sustainable system to meeting these needs.
To get the SCFund started, my family will be donating $250 to the fund in honor of the SAMS staff. They are some of the most hard-working and caring educators I’ve ever worked with. And I invite you, friends and families of our SAMS community, to consider making a donation too. All donations can be sent to or dropped off at the middle school- SAMS Community Fund ℅ St. Anthony Middle School, 3303 33rd Ave N, St. Anthony, MN 55418. All donations will be received with a letter of receipt for tax purposes.
Amy is always walking around here with quotes and things from books she’s reading- one of her favorites is from author Jean Vanier about community. He writes, “One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.” That is exactly why we are creating the SAMS’ Community Fund. Thank you for considering contributing to this important cause.