ET Davis and ED Nixon - Boots and Brellas
Name of Team Captain: Madeline Lewis
Team Member Names: Madeline Lewis (Chair), Ann Cooper, Jon Chancey, Kathy Freyman, Katrina Martin, Diane Stokes
Agency Assisted: ET Davis and ED Nixon
Project’s Thematic Area: Public Education
Project Location: ET Davis and ED Nixon
Date(s) of Implementation: Sept 2017 to April 2018
Duration of Project: 8 mos
Who was served by the project?
The students of ET Davis and ED Nixon
How many people benefited?
There are approximately 800 students between the two schools and there was enough inventory to equip approximately 30% of the students.
Final project description:
The goal was to increase the attendance of students at ET Davis and ED Nixon schools on rainy days. Per attendance records as well as visual observation, attendance is lower than average on rainy days. Additionally, if children are already at school when it starts raining, teacher and other school personnel must stay late because students don’t want to walk home in the rain.
In order to improve student attendance and relieve administrative personnel from rainy day duties, LM Class 34, Project Team #1 engaged in an effort (Boots and Brellas) to solicit funds and rain gear so that it would be available to students in need on rainy days.
What is the vision for the future of the project?
From a funding perspective, the team has applied for several grants that it hopes to hear from prior to graduation, providing ongoing inventory support.
In order to continue and expand this project, we have engaged the Sunrise Rotary Club as partner to carry this project forward. They are currently working to enlist other area Rotary Clubs, as well as the associated Interact Clubs in Montgomery with a goal to widen the impact and increase rainy day attendance records across MPS.
The project team will host a transitional meeting with the Rotarians to share lessons learned from the rollout of the program.
Describe exactly how your project was implemented.
The team was broken into subcommittees: Development, Marketing and Product/Inventory. We first spent some time in observation and planning to determine approach. From there, we knew we needed to raise funds to purchase inventory, so a few team members applied for grants, while others began to market, advertise and promote a fundraising drive in-person as well as online. The November 15, 2017 donation drive resulted in over $600 in cash donations and a large supply of umbrellas, boots, jackets and other cold and rainy-day supplies. With the cash donations received, the team purchased 150 durable ponchos to supplement the donated items.
While the intent was to have an event to distribute equipment, the cold and rainy days came quickly and in order to meet the immediate needs of the students many of the supplies were distributed without fanfare. Although there was no pomp and circumstance, a need was met and for that we are grateful!
With the consolidation efforts at many of the schools, storage has since become a problem, so the team purchased a number of sturdy storage containers to hold the items and transport them between schools.
Again, one of our initial goals was for this project to become scalable; therefore, a critical component was the transition of the project to a group that could take what we started and build upon its success. We believe we have found that in the Rotary partnership.
How many volunteer hours were devoted to this project? (Total - everyone on the team; start to finish)
Planning/Development/Grants – 30 hours
Marketing/Promotion – 40 hours
Transition – 20 hours
Meetings/Reporting/Presentation – 40 hours
Total – 130 hours