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Vote for an idea with Merit

Submitted by on 1, April 28, 2010 – 4:40 amNo Comment

Yesterday we got an e-mail from one Lissa Merit, who was looking to get the word out about a competition being put on by Raley’s supermarkets that she’s hoping to win.

It seems the supermarket chain (they own Nob Hill in the Bridgeside Shopping Center) is celebrating its 75th anniversary by giving away grants to people and organizations that help children, community and the arts. Their Raley’s Reach contest aims to give away five $7,500 grants to the top five vote getters in their online competition. And that’s where you come in.

Merit is asking folks to vote for her idea, one of more than 400 entered in the competition. Here’s her pitch:

Boost! Leadership consulting programs, by Lissa Merit, utilize students to enhance cooperation, trust, teamwork, leadership and community in schools. The $7,500 Raley’s Reach grant would allow expansion of the Boost! programs by adding two new schools sites to the program and for the Boost! coordinator to be on-site to help ensure the success of the program. A minimum of 30 students per site would be trained for the K-buddies leadership program. The K-buddies training is provided to 5th grade students, teaching them to how to assist and mentor the kindergarten students during lunch recess. In addition, the K-buddies are also taught cooperative games and ways to use play yard equipment to teach the kindergarten students the importance of playing safe and playing fair. The leaders gain responsibility and become positive role models for their peers; in turn, the shared experience makes their school environment safer and more harmonious.

The money would help Merit expand her program to Otis and Haight elementary schools. If you want to vote for Merit, click here. And do it soon – voting ends on May 12.

UPDATE: Sounds like there’s one more Alameda-centric proposal out there, for the Alameda Education Foundation’s middle school sports program:

With a Raley’s Reach award, 2200 6th – 8th grade Alameda public school students have the opportunity to participate in an after-school sports program from September – June. Sports include volleyball (fall), basketball (winter), and track (spring). Students adhere to academic and conduct guidelines and are coached by qualified, trained coaches. There is no funding for middle school sports in Alameda. The Alameda Education Foundation, a non-profit, runs the sports program for Alameda’s three middle schools. Two schools are Title I (low-income) meaning many of these student-athletes would not be able to participate in organized sports without this program. Expenses for the program include officiating ($6000), facility usage for championships ($750), and coaches training – all coaches must be certified by the Positive Coaching Alliance and receive first-aid training ($750). A Raley’s Reach grant would cover these necessary expenses for the entire 2010-2011 school year.

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