Patrick's Promise Giving Back
"I've Got Your Back"; Our Mission, our promise, our tag line was what Patrick was all about. He followed that axiom as a way of life. The Foundation is proud to say we have contributed to and/or promoted this cause close to Patrick's heart.
Off to College!
Due to very competitive applicants and extremely generous donors, we were delighted to award scholarships to 6 Natick High School graduating seniors! The foundation is so proud of all our winners who wrote about what it means to them to "have someone's back", something we strive to do, just like Patrick. And, not only were the submissions from this graduating class impressive, but the grades were also astounding. We congratulate all of the graduating seniors and wish you all the very best !
Total Gross Awards given to date: $20,000
Let's alleviate bullying together!
Strengthening our alliance with SPARK
In the spirit of "I've Got Your Back"... Patrick's Promise extends further support to SPARKKINDNESS with their anti bullying initiatives. After meeting with Christine Guthery, founder of SPARKKINDNESS, for coffee to discuss some of SPARK's anti-bullying goals for the year, we knew we couldn't miss an opportunity to work with this great crew. SPARK's continued approach to speak about the difficult subject of bullying with kindness and compassion mirrors our goals to inspire young adults to have each others backs.
So... on January 16 we co-funded with Wilson Middle School #iCANHELP. This organization brings awareness to students the part they can play in ending cyber bullying. The presenters were particularly good with the audience; aware of the tender age of the middle school student. The assembly was interactive and fun but remained focused on the goal to alleviate negative texting, Instagram and Facebook posts. The presenters wanted to pass the power onto the students to help make their school community a kinder place to be.
The Principal was nice enough to share some wonderful feedback from the day:
"What I appreciated most, was that the message wasn't "don't have social media, it is bad" but rather, teach/learn how to use it well safely, positively" Parent of 7th grader
"The 8th graders were begging me to have the assembly again with all the 8th graders" Vice Principal of Wilson Middle School
"What was so amazing was that she kept saying how important it was to "have each others back". That it was more important to have a few friends that have your back than 100 ones on Instagram that don't know you" Christine Guthery on #iCANHELP presenter
THANK YOU SPARK FOR BRINGING #iCANHELP TO OUR DOORSTEP
(Co-Funding to #iCANHELP - $2,000. Additional Funds to SPARK for more anti-bullying assemblies - $5,000)