What is the GoodGiving Guide Challenge?
The GoodGiving Guide Challenge is an online giving campaign designed to engage the entire community and to make charitable giving easy and fun. Now in its fifth year, the Challenge is a partnership between Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing. The 2014 GoodGiving Guide Challenge raised over $1.77 million in partnership with 155 participating nonprofits in Central and Eastern Kentucky. In addition to receiving contributions from donors, nonprofits will also have the opportunity to compete for $10,000 endowment prizes made possible by Blue Grass Community Foundation and supportive donors.
How does it work?
Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing will host the GoodGiving Guide Challenge beginning Friday, November 13 at 9:00 a.m and ending December 31 at 11:59. This event encourages charitable donations through our online giving platform, hosted by Razoo.
Razoo will provide toolkits, training sessions, outreach support, mass media and social media coverage to make it easy for all nonprofits to participate. Each participating organization will have an individualized web page to promote their cause.
Individuals will be able to donate money to the nonprofit organizations of their choice starting November 13 at 9:00 am. All donations are tax deductible and irrevocable. (Donations will not be refunded). Donors will receive a receipt for their gift. The nonprofit will receive contact information for each donor, unless the donor elects to remain anonymous.
The Razoo Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which permits donors to advise a re-granting of their donations to other IRS recognized qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations, will accept the gifts and will then re-grant the monies to the nonprofits selected by the donors.
Is there a minimum or maximum donation?
The minimum donation for the GoodGiving Guide Challenge is $10. There is no maximum donation limit for the GoodGiving Guide Challenge.
Do I need an account on Razoo to donate?
No, you do not need to create an account to make a donation. However, if you plan to give multiple times during the GoodGiving Guide Challenge, creating an account means you only have to enter your credit card information once. Your account also collects your tax receipts in one location and enables you to track your donation, review the charities your support and schedule future giving.
Can I donate to the GoodGiving Guide Challenge on my smart phone?
Yes – this site is mobile friendly! Simply visit BGgives.org on your smartphone to browse all the amazing nonprofits participating.
Can I fundraise for my favorite nonprofit?
Yes! You can be a hero for the cause(s) you care about – we call these GoodGiving Guide Ambassadors! Alternatively, you can visit the Organization Page of any nonprofit listed on Razoo and click “Fundraise” to start the page creation process. Please note that in order to create a Fundraising Page you will be prompted to sign into your Razoo user account, or create one if you don’t already have an account.
How can I find our more about the GoodGiving Guide Challenge?
You can follow us on twitter @ProvidenceLex and “like” us on Facebook at Providence Montessori. You can also get more information at www.facebook.com/bgcf.org
We sent home Pie Lovers cards to help remind you to grab a pie at PIE FIVE between October 19 – November 12 !!! Additional cards are available at the front desk in the lobby.
Let’s go Pie Lovers and support Providence Montessori School and Providence Middle School!!!!!!!
17 November 2014
Hello Teachers and Facilitators!
Jennifer M.- Simmons Elementary
Providence Montessori School’s upper elementary students attended a naturalization ceremony conducted by the United States District Court in special session at Transylvania University. 226 individuals from 71 counties became citizens while the students observed. The Honorable Karen K. Caldwell, Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, presided over the ceremony and extended a special greeting and welcome to the Providence students during her remarks.
In addition to witnessing the ceremony, the students were treated to a performance of patriotic music by Transylvania University’s organist, Richard Dwyer, and the University’s student a capella group.
Following the ceremony, the students participated in a question and answer session on the naturalization process led by Mary Ann Miranda, a career law clerk/staff attorney for the court and a Providence parent. Students were also greeted by Transylvania University admissions counselors Sarah Guinn and Meredith Norman, a graduate of Versailles Montessori and Montessori Middle School of Kentucky.
Ms. Miranda orchestrated the field trip with the upper elementary teachers following an invitation extended by Chief Judge Caldwell. This tied in beautifully with their current study of immigration and American government. Transylvania University’s Sustainability Director and Providence parent Angela Poe assisted the group during their time on campus, arranging for the use of a faculty-student meeting space for the lesson after the ceremony and helping the group maneuver through the crowds gathered to celebrate this momentous occasion. Many thanks to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and Transylvania University for welcoming our students! Thanks also to the Providence parents who helped to make this happen!
Every year, Providence Montessori School students make their own contribution to the Providence ROCKS auction. These projects are perennially popular and well-received by bidders. You may recall the students’ colorfully painted rain barrels, flower pots, and Adirondack chairs from years past, or last year’s masterful weaving completed with art teacher and resident fiber artist, Sue Martin.
This year, the toddler, primary, and lower elementary students are working together with Mrs. Martin to create “artful” a-frame tents (constructed by the Klaene-Miranda family) to be sold at the event. The upper elementary students are working on a potting bench (donated by Rob and Janee Brown). Our students are crafting images on the canvas and wood that evoke the work of famous artists encountered during their work at Providence: Van Gogh, O’Keefe, and a variety of Impressionists. Click here to see some of those projects in progress. Be sure to check back. We’ll be updating this photo album as the projects are completed!
Photo by David Fitts
His name means “Peace Dragon, mysterious and powerful.”
In orchestrating this school-wide project, Providence art teacher Sue Martin surely witnessed the mystery and power that are present when children focus as a group to accomplish a goal.
How did it start? According to Ms. Martin, the children were all fascinated with a dragon book she had in the art room — they became almost obsessed with drawing dragons. So she tied in their enthusiasm to a celebration of the Chinese New Year, and voila! The Peace Dragon project was
From Upper Elementary all the way to the toddlers (they painted the belly!), every Providence student participated. The paper mache dragon made his debut at The Breakfast Cafe, and now resides in Haley Hall.
In case you ever wondered, it really does help to hold your tongue just right. Here’s proof:
To view the complete photo album of the project, click here. Many thanks to Sarah Carey for the pictures!
‘Tis the season…
Providence Brownie Troop 867 spent a recent Saturday morning at God’s Pantry, giving back to their community. They weighed and packaged cookies, then labeled them and boxed them up for distribution. It seems they didn’t mind the hair nets, but they found the gloves a bit cumbersome.
Check out this box! It was empty when their hard work was done.
Thanks to Brownie moms Bryna Reed and Jennifer Brocato for sharing these pictures. Click here to see a few more!
Recycled materials, discarded objects, pretty trinkets left-over from projects past… these are items our students brought from home to create their bibelots.
This Saturday, November 23, The Headley-Whitney Museum will host the opening reception for their new exhibit, “Improbable Baubles.” This exhibit features students from area schools, including 23 pieces from Providence Montessori elementary students. Judges have chosen the winners, and Providence is well represented among them. Congratulations James Baker, Anna Brocato, and Abby Purvis!
Photos of all of our students’ bibelots will be displayed, along with their artist statement. Here are a few to whet your appetite — click here to see more. Many thanks to Sarah Carey for the photos, and art teacher Sue Martin for coordinating our students’ participation. The exhibit runs November 23 through December 22. We hope to see lots of Providence families this Saturday from 2-4pm for the opening. Not only will you get to see these up close and in person, but there will be a candy buffet and rubber band bracelet weaving!
Our recent Parent Education night was all about Montessori math. Parents experienced hands-on lessons from the toddler level through high school. Many thanks to our teachers, as well as guest teachers from Montessori Middle School of Kentucky, Montessori High School, and Lexington Catholic High School.
Parents enjoyed the lessons — including one on Pi — with a slice of pie and gourmet coffee from Lexington’s own Magic Beans Coffee Roasters. Many thanks to all! (Click here to see the whole photo album.)